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Scam and tender fraud alerts, webinars for SMMEs, tax guidance for franchised operations and news of a company director ordered by the court to hand over more than R400,000 to Sars – these are some of the news items from Sars this week.

DateWhat is it?What is it about?
20/08/2021SARS eFiling browser now includes MAC users20 August 2021 – The SARS eFiling browser now includes MAC users. The SARS Browser enables access to all eFiling forms, including the few that still require Adobe Flash, thus maintaining compliance with your filing obligations. Click here to download the SARS Browser. To see our easy steps on how to download the browser, see GEN-ELEC-21-G01 – How to download the new SARS eFiling Browser – External Guide. Updates are published on the Browser Compatibility Guidelines webpage.
20/08/2021Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 202120 August 2021 – Customs & Excise Act, 1964: Publication details for tariff amendments notice R740, as published in Government Gazette 45004 of 20 August 2021, are now available
20/08/2021Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 202120 August 2021 – Customs & Excise Act, 1964: The tariff amendment notice, scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette, relates to the amendments to – Part 1 of Schedule No. 2, by the deletion as well as substitution of various items under item 201.02, in order to maintain the anti-dumping duties on frozen bone-in portions of the species Gallus domesticus originating in or imported from Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom – ITAC Report No. 666 Publication details will be made available later
19/08/2021Legal Counsel – Secondary Legislation – Tariff Amendments 202119 August 2021 – Customs & Excise Act, 1964: The tariff amendment notice, scheduled for publication in the Government Gazette, relates to the – imposition of provisional payment in relation to anti-dumping against the alleged dumping of clear float glass originating in or imported from Malaysia classifiable under tariff subheadings 7005.29.17; 7005.29.23; 7005.29.25; 7005.29.35; 7005.29.45; 7005.29.55 and 7005.29.65 – ITAC Report No.664 (with effect from 20 August 2021 up to and including 18 February 2022) Publication details will be made available later
19/08/2021Media Release – Company director ordered to pay back the money to SARS19 August 2021 – The director of a company found guilty of submitting nil VAT returns while the business was actively trading, has been ordered by the Bloemfontein Regional Court to pay the South African Revenue Service (SARS) an amount of R400 853. See the media release: Company director ordered to pay back the money to SARS.
19/08/2021Webinar – Customs SMME Traders and Travellers19 August 2021 – See our webinar presentation for the SMME Traders and Travellers segment in collaboration with Taxpayer and Traders Education on Customs clearance procedures to help taxpayers to comply with their tax obligations. If you have missed the live webinar, go to our SARS TV YouTube channel – https://youtu.be/ei_xN9m47LI. See the content presented showed during the webinar.
18/08/2021FAQs for Tax Relief measures on Excise Duty18 August 2021 – See our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Payment Deferral of Excise Duty Payments on Alcohol as included in the 2021 Tax Relief Measures. National Treasury announced a fiscal package, outlined by President Cyril Ramaphosa on 25 July 2021, in response to the continuing COVID -19 pandemic. The relief is applicable to tax compliant businesses in the alcohol sector who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown restrictions. See the FAQs here – FAQs for Tax Relief on Excise Duty
18/08/2021SARS Tender Fraud Alert18 August 2021 – If you encounter any suspicious calls asking for upfront payment to secure an award of a bid or in lieu of claims that the outcome of a tender can be influenced towards your company, please immediately inform the SARS FRAUD/ANTI-CORRUPTION HOTLINE at 0800 00 2870 for further investigation.  Click here for more information.
17/08/2021Invitation to Customs SMME Traders and Travellers Webinar17 August 2021 – Dear Traders and Travellers, SARS invites you to a comprehensive Customs SMME Traders and Travellers Clearance Procedures webinar  which aims to increase compliance  in accordance with Customs Clearance Procedures. Customs SMME Traders and Travellers are required to understand clearance procedures in order to comply with Tax and Customs Acts. Thus, SARS will provide Clarity and Certainty of taxpayer obligation to equip all with the relevant information and insight required to make it easy to meet tax and customs obligations. As you are important stakeholders, we invite you to join us in this webinar and to extend this invitation to other interested parties. The details of the event are as follows: Theme:Customs and Cargo clearance procedures
Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021
Time: 17:00 – 19:00Platform:YouTube live-streaming: https://youtu.be/ei_xN9m47LI
17/08/2021Scam alert17 August 2021 – You need to be aware of scams purporting to come from SARS and so we’ve created a section of the website where we will post updates of any scams we have heard about. Similarly, we would like you to tell us about any emails you think are scams or phishing. To report or to get more information on phishing, please send an email to phishing@sars.gov.za or call the Fraud and Anti-Corruption Hotline on 0800 00 2870. To see all current SARS surveys, emails and SMSs, click here. The latest scam masking as a Final Demand email was published on the Scams & Phishing webpage as a warning to taxpayers.
17/08/2021Updated BRS – PAYE Employer Reconciliation17 August 2021 – BRS – PAYE Employer Reconciliation v20 0 2  was released
17/08/2021Updated Customs weekly list of unentered goods17 August 2021 – Updated Customs weekly list of unentered goods
16/08/2021Customs update: Samples may be extracted from warehouse16 August 2021 – Samples – External-Policy has been updated.  The document change involves the following: Samples may be extracted on application by the owner of the goods in a Customs and Excise warehouse in terms of Section 22 and by Customs Officers for a Customs procedure in terms of Section 106.Section 22 provides that the owner of the goods must obtain prior permission from Customs before a sample may be extracted.
16/08/2021Legal Counsel – Legal Counsel Publications – Find a Guide – Income Tax16 August 2021 – Income Tax Act, 1962: Guide on the Taxation of Franchisors and Franchisees (Issue 2)
16/08/2021Legal Counsel – Preparation of Legislation – Draft Documents for Public Comment16 August 2021 – Tax Administration Act, 2011: Draft Interpretation Note – Reduced Assessments: Meaning of “Readily Apparent Undisputed Error”  Due date for public comment: 29 October 2021
16/08/2021Tenders16 August 2021 – RFP15-2021: Procurement and Support of the PADS4 Video and Digital Signage Solution (Smart Displays) for 34 SARS Branches
16/08/2021Tenders16 August 2021 – Services Agreement document for RFP05-2021, Provision of armed guarding, close protection and tactical response security services, has been published.