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South African Revenue Service Opens Criminal Court To Tackle Tax Evaders

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

28 September 2001


The SA Revenue Service (SARS) has launched a criminal court in Pretoria to deal with people who have not paid taxes or submitted returns. SARS commissioner Pravin Gordhan, who was at the opening ceremony of the court, said the revenue service is expecting more compliance from taxpayers once the court is up and running. He said it was 'an important milestone to create better tax compliance in SA.'

According to SARS figures, there are currently 1.3 million outstanding VAT and PAYE returns adding up to around Rand 6 billion, which does not include the 2.8 million income tax returns and 1.2 million companies tax returns that are also outstanding.


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