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Drastic increase in taxpayer complaints against SARS

Drastic increase in taxpayer complaints against SARS 18 October 2017 The Office of the Tax Ombud has seen a drastic increase in the number of complaints raised by individuals and representatives from taxpayers. The complaints increased by 62% from 2 133 to 3 454, placing considerable pressure on the complaints resolution process at the Tax Ombud Office, as the number of staff members dealing with the complaints did not increase. Tax Ombud Bernard Ngoepe said during the launch of his office’s annual report for 2016/17 the complaints centred around dispute resolution, delayed refunds and the incorrect allocation of payments by the SA Revenue Service (Sars). Keith Engel, the chief executive of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals, said it was clear that many of the issues raised were operational and not because of “some evil plot” to get back at taxpayers. Author: Amanda Visser (IOL)...
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  SARS release 17 August 2017: 95 years for VAT fraudsters: Three men, accused of fraudulently claiming Value Added Tax refunds to the value of approximately R300 million, were sentenced in the Gauteng South High Court on Wednesday, 16 August 2017  to a total of 95 years imprisonment—25 years for Fraud, 25 years for Uttering, 25 years for Forgery and 20 years for Money Laundering. The sentences will run concurrently. This means that each of the accused will spend 25 years in prison. The VAT fraud, as well as other criminal activity, took place under the pretext that electronic equipment was being imported from the United States of America and then exported again. This practice was used in 18 different companies, where the accused were directors, to elicit approximately R300 million in VAT refunds from the South African Revenue Service (SARS). The accused, Mr Anton Meyer, Mr Garth Coetser and Mr Clifford...
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Artikel 7 (C) VAN DIE INKOMSTEBELASTINGWET, 58 van 1962 – inwerking treding  vanaf  1 Maart 2017 Op 11 Januarie 2017 het die President die wysigings wetsontwerp onderteken, wat beteken dat hierdie artikel in werking sal tree op enige lenings vanaf 1 Maart 2017. In terme van hierdie nuwe bepaling word lae-rente (of rente vrye) lenings aan trusts geteiken. Hierdie artikel is van toepassing waar ‘n natuurlike persoon (of ‘n maatskappy wat ‘n ‘verbonde persoon’ met betrekking tot daardie natuurlike persoon is) (hierna trust uitlener) kragtens paragraaf (d) (iv) van die definisie van verbonde persone, maak ‘n lae-rente of rente vrye lening aan ‘n trust waarvan daardie natuurlike persoon ‘n ‘verbonde persoon” is. Hierdie artikel bepaal dat die verskil tussen die “amptelike rente koers, tans teen 8%, en die bedrag van die rente wat werklik gehef is op die lening aan die trust geag word ‘n voortdurende skenking deur die trust te wees. Die...
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