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New fees for Binding Private Rulings and Binding Class Rulings

Tuesday, 05 February 2013   (0 Comments)
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By SARS Legal & Policy

In terms of section 81(1) of the Tax Administration Act, 2011, the Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service, may determine application and cost recovery fees for binding private rulings and binding class rulings issued under the advance tax ruling system. These fees are set out below:

Application fees:

Applicant Application fee
Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) R2 500
Any other taxpayer R14 000

Cost recovery fees:

Cost recovery fees will be charged at R650 per hour for all non-urgent applications. A fee of R1 000 per hour will be charged for all urgent applications.

Category Estimated fee range Estimation deposit (20% of higher amount) Hourly rate
Standard R10000 to R35000 R7 000 R650
Involved R35000 to R70000 R14 000 R650
Complex R70000 to R105000 R21 000 R650
Extraordinary Case-by-case Case-by-case R650
Urgent applications Case-by-case Case-by-case R1000

In addition to the above, any direct costs incurred in connection with an application will be recovered. These will however be subject to prior written approval being obtained from the applicant.



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