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Get the latest on tax administration and tax disputes.

The seminar will deal with the legislative framework, recent applicable authorities, and administrative policies and procedures which are essential to managing your tax case/dispute with SARS to ensure a fair and equal outcome for the taxpayer.

The worldwide trend is that tax disputes are on the rise with revenue authorities. Knowledge and navigational skills are key to the tax administration landscape in order to secure correct, transparent and fair treatment from the authorities.

The backbone of the SARS administrative processes is contained in the Tax Administration Act which came into operation in October 2012. The Act assists SARS to achieve its objections in an efficient and effective manner whilst also increasing the compliance levels of taxpayers. This one piece of legislation strives to incorporate the administrative provisions that are generic to all tax Acts, remove redundant administrative provisions and harmonise provisions as far as possible.

Course content

    Topics covered include the following:

  • Overview of the tax dispute landscape
  • How a tax dispute arises - types of assessments (including requests for information, managing a SARS audit and penalty assessments)
  • How to dispute an assessment – grounds of objection
  • Debt management – SARS’ collection division
  • Instalment payment process
  • Submitting and managing suspension of payment applications
  • Tax appeal process – tax board versus tax appeal court
  • Alternative dispute resolution process
  • Compromise and settlements of tax debt
  • Voluntary Disclosure Programme
  • Other remedies available: Judicial review process
  • Lodging a complaint with SARS/Tax Ombud
  • Practical tips on dealing with SARS


Elle-Sarah Rossato

Elle-Sarah is an admitted attorney and associate director at KPMG. She is currently co-responsible for the Dispute Resolution and Tax Controversy Division in KPMG and assists clients on a daily basis to resolve complex tax disputes with SARS. She is a member of the Steering Committee of KPMG’s Global Dispute Resolution Network and presents regularly to tax practitioners at tax seminars and workshops.

Prior to joining KPMG, she worked at SARS for more than a decade where she was responsible for managing a legal and debt management specialised unit in the Enforcement Division.

Elle-Sarah contributes to tax thought in South Africa and regularly publishes articles in professional journals and other publications.




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