Tax Ombud Report 2020/2021
The Office of the Tax Ombud (“OTO”) recently released its 8th Annual Report in respect of the period from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 (“Annual Report”). It demonstrates what a helpful channel the OTO can be in certain circumstances where taxpayers face administrative, procedural or service issues with SARS.
Judge Bernard Makgabo Ngoepe, the current Tax Ombud states as follows in his overview of the Annual Report:
“As an Office, we pride ourselves on making a difference by serving taxpayers, protecting their rights and ensuring they are fairly treated by SARS while at the same time promoting tax compliance. Our achievements in the past eight years speak volumes about our commitment to fostering a healthy balance between taxpayer rights and SARS’s power to administer the country’s taxes”.