SA expects decisive leadership from the president, including the fight against Covid-19 and holding his Cabinet to account, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
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General non-compliance is costing SARS in excess of R100 billion in potential revenue, said Edward Kieswetter.
SARS grows revenue collection to R1.356 trillion, up 5.3%. The budget estimate was R1.422 trillion.
As South Africa confirmed its third case of coronavirus (COVID-19) on Sunday, the revenue receiver says wants to "reassure" taxpayers that it's on top of things as far as controlling imports is concerned and that its customs and excise operations will continue as normal.
SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter is satisfied after judgment was handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissing an application for leave to appeal by businessman Mark Lifman relating to his tax case against the service.
SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter says there is no legal proof that former president Jacob Zuma supports Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's subpoena for his tax records.
The South African Revenue Service has labelled Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane's findings and remedial actions in a report into the early retirement and re-hiring of former deputy commissioner Ivan Pillay as "incompetent" and "irrational".
SARS head Edward Kieswetter says he won't be expected to present tax records to Busisiwe Mkhwebane, pending legal clarity on releasing such information.
Tax experts weigh in on what SARS boss Edward Kieswetter can do to restore the organisation to its former glory and boost revenue collections.
Ahead of the mini budget later this month, Momentum says the SA Revenue Service faces shortfalls in personal income tax, corporate income tax and VAT.
'There isn’t a single silver bullet to fixing SARS,' the commissioner says.
SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter said he is disappointed with the lack of progress made in finding a service provider to help with an initiative to clamp down on illicit cigarette trade.
SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter said the coronavirus has taken various institutions by surprise, but that health and safety could not be taken lightly.
The Public Protector and the revenue service have been engaged in a court battle over the former president's tax records.
Tax crime is not a victimless crime, says SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter.
SARS' unit that tackles illicit financial flows has recovered R2.6bn in taxes since April 2019.
Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane maintains she does have the power to obtain former president Jacob Zuma's tax information from the South African Revenue Service (SARS) whose refusal to provide it could result in "criminal sanctions".
Given SA's economic performance, a tax expert says the tax collection target of R1.422trn is 'unrealistic'.
Tax revenue collection may fall short by up to R50bn, tax experts have said, and it may be because new SARS boss Edward Kieswetter is preoccupied with rebuilding capabilities at the institution.
The tax agency's chief officer of human capital and development has resigned with immediate effect.
On the same day that ex-commissioner Tom Moyane renewed his bid to cross-examine Public Enterprises Minister at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, the SA Revenue Service promised taxpayers a "new beginning".
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