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The South African Revenue Service has requested that Judge Dennis Davis be terminated as chair of the influential Davis Tax Committee.
SARS was responding to comments reportedly made by Davis during an address at a recent conference, which the agency described as "unprovoked and unwarranted attacks" on the tax authority's integrity.
These comments reportedly included accusations that the "erosion of the integrity of SARS was one of the biggest challenges facing South Africa today," and that SARS is incapable of properly dealing with multinational tax evasion and avoidance.
Noting that Davis did not address any concerns directly with the agency, SARS said it intends to "engage the Minister of Finance urgently with a view that Judge Davis should recuse himself from the specialist tax committee, or that his membership to the committee be terminated."
The DTC was established in 2013 to delve into how the tax system could better promote inclusive economic growth, jobs creation, development, and fiscal sustainability. Many of its recommendations have been adopted in South Africa, and recently it has been charged with studying specific proposals on corporate tax matters and South Africa's response to the OECD's proposals on base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS).
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