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Member alert: Inactive PR numbers

SAIT has recently received a number of queries from members with the following concern:

When the tax practitioner contacts the SARS call centre, or interacts with a SARS branch, they are informed that their PR number is inactive on the SARS system. However, the affected tax practitioners can still access and transact on eFiling. 


Upon investigation, SAIT has found that the relevant PR numbers was active on the internal SAIT membership system.  


SAIT has...

SARS MobiApp functionality to be extended to registered practitioners

Following engagements with tax practitioners, we are happy to announce that the SARS MobiApp service offerings will be extended to registered tax practitioners from 22 October 2019. The extended service offerings will allow registered tax practitioners the flexibility to transact on behalf of their personal income tax clients from their mobile devices.


This app update will give registered practitioners access to the full suite of MobiApp services for their personal income tax...

Tax Administration & Interpretation
(SARS and Office of the Tax Ombud)

Explanatory Memorandum on the TLAB of 2019
Final Response Document on the 2019 Draft Tax Bills - 21 January 2020
GN37 GG42961 Regulations under items (a) and (c) of def of ”determined value“ 17 Jan 2020


Z v Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (IT4412) [2019] ZATC 13 (26 August 2019)
X v Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (IT13862; VAT1374) [2019] ZATC 12 (6 August 2019)
ABC Limited v Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (IT14255) [2019] ZATC 11 (9 July 2019)

Legislative & Policy
(National Treasury & Parliament)

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been assigned in the Carbon Tax Act bears the meaning so assigned

subject to the carbon tax or benefiting from other government

retirement; "Carbon Tax Act" means the Carbon Tax Act, 2019 (Act No. 15 of 2019

of section 13 of the Carbon Tax Act must be allowed to a taxpayer


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Monthly Index October 2019

Monthly Gazette Index

National Government Gazettehttp://www.gpwonline.co.za/Gazettes/Gazettes/MonthlyIndexOctober2019.pdf

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Call For Comment
SAIT member comments can be directed to taxpolicyadmin@thesait.org.za

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International and Regional News

Save the date: Sixth OECD Forum on Tax and Crime

Financial crime is one of the greatest threats to the economic and social well‑being of people living in all countries. Illicit financial activities such as tax evasion, corruption, terrorist financing, computer fraud, money laundering and other financial crimes are a global problem demanding a global response.

OECD Tax Talks: Registration open

With a number of important recent and upcoming developments in the OECD's international tax work, experts from the OECD's Centre for Tax Policy and Administration give the latest tax update.

Viet Nam and Palau join the Global Forum on Tax Transparency

Viet Nam and Palau join the international fight against tax evasion by becoming the 159th and 160th member of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes.

CPD Events


Cost of capital: 2020 Outlook

Join a group of project finance industry veterans about what to expect in the year ahead for tax equity, bank and term loan B debt and project bonds.

Update on grandfathering problems for venture capital companies

In our recent newsflash we commented on the new deduction limits for investors in venture capital companies (VCCs), as included in the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) released on 30 October 2019. 

The maximum deduction claimed by an investor in terms of section 12J of the Income Tax Act, may not exceed ZAR 5 million for a company, and ZAR 2.5 million for any person...

Case notes: Insurance Premium Tax on cross-border M&A insurance: ECJ decision on location of risk

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has delivered its decision in A Ltd, a case concerning the location of insured risk, and therefore which jurisdiction can charge IPT, on cross-border M&A insurance policies.

Tax controversy survey: Procedures and issues for selected countries

Tax controversy lawyers with Norton Rose Fulbright around the globe have prepared a sixth annual survey of certain tax controversy procedures and issues.

IRS launches new enforcement campaign on section 965 transition tax
How the ignorance and lack of knowledge of VAT vendors are affecting the poor, and everyone else

With the increase in the VAT rate from 14% to 15% on 1 April 2018 came great concern regarding the impact thereof on low-income households. The argument is that VAT is a regressive tax and that by increasing the VAT rate the poor are hit even harder than before. Although higher-income households pay more VAT in Rand value with a rate increase, they are still better off than the low-income households as the proportion of their income spent on VAT is less than that of the low-income households...

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Norton Rose Fulbright Luxembourg welcomes new tax partner

Tax lawyer Florent Trouiller has joined Norton Rose Fulbright's Luxembourg office as a partner.

Principal residence trusts for disabled persons: proposed legislative expansion

Our wealth and private client services group recently worked with the Department of Finance (Finance) to try to find a solution to a change in the law that resulted in unfair treatment of disabled Canadians.

Five steps towards building the tax function of tomorrow—today

Tax News In The Press

24 January 2020 - SARS Commissioner highlights illicit economy at International Customs Day event
SARS Targets Illicit Traders

[SAnews.gov.za] SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter has committed the revenue collector to work closely with other government agencies to stamp out illicit trading plaguing various sectors.

Final Response Document on the 2019 Draft Tax Bills - 21 January 2020
No Smoke Without Fire - South Africa's Illicit Cigarette Trade

[ISS] The illicit trade in tobacco, especially cigarettes, costs South Africa's economy billions of rand annually through lost tax revenue. According to the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the estimated loss through the illegal cigarette trade for the 2015/16 financial year was R6 billion.

DA180 - Environmental levy account for carbon tax - 19 Dec 2019
Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act 33 of 2019 GG42951 15 January 2020