Prescription – Assessments v tax debt

Taxpayers raising the procedural defence of prescription to a notification from SARS demanding tax payment of an amount of some historic tax year must distinguish between a prescribed assessment and a historic tax debt, since different prescription periods apply. For...

Proposed restrictions on retirement funds

Access upon emigration National Treasury has issued a draft Explanatory Memorandum on the Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 2020, dated 31 July 2020. Under para 1.4 of the Explanatory Memorandum, the proposal is made to amend the definitions of a ‘pension...

Non-meritorious additional assessments

Tax Ombud’s report 2020 Tucked away in point 38.2 of the sixty-one-page Report and occupying only a half-page is, in my experience of the tax dispute-resolution process, a valuable finding and recommendation by the Tax Ombud, on non-meritorious additional assessments:...