Tax Ombud ‘not concerned’ that Sars is abusing its powers
14 October 2015
Posted by: Author: Ingé Lamprecht
Author: Ingé Lamprecht (Moneyweb)
Office resolves more than 75% of legitimate complaints in favour of taxpayers.
The Tax Ombud says he is not concerned that the South African Revenue Service (Sars) is abusing its powers in its dealings with taxpayers.
This follows after his office resolved more than 75% of legitimate complaints received during the one-year period from April 1, 2014 to March 31, 2015 in favour of taxpayers.
Speaking at a briefing hosted by the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences to assess the impact of the Tax Ombud’s 2014/15 Annual Report recently tabled in parliament, Judge Bernard Ngoepe said stakeholders needn’t be alarmed by the 75% figure.
"What matters to me at least is the severity of the complaint,” he said.
Ngoepe said not all of the issues dealt with were highly significant.
"It [the 75% figure] is not indicative of any disaster or some kind of calamity about to happen.”
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