SARS Commissioner, Mr Tom Moyane officially opened the Newcastle branch, in KwaZulu-Natal on 6 November 2015. According to Commissioner Moyane: "This new branch marks the 53rd SARS branch in South Africa and is further proof of our commitment to serve taxpayers, wherever they may be located.It is envisaged that this new SARS branch will service the entire 6 910 km² area that constitutes the Amajuba district municipality.”
This branch will also feature dedicated Small Business Desks aimed at servicing the small business owner. Information packs of small business material as well as specialised service will be offered at the Small Business Desks, providing a one-stop shop for those with small business queries. Small business queries such as business registrations, requests for tax clearance certificates and general business tax issues will be dealt with at these desks.
Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.