Impact of COVID-19 on the South African Revenue Service and the payment of tax debts

Article Source: By Erich Bell, Director, Werksmans Attorneys 

23 March 2020

“SARS’s Notices to the Public

The South African Revenue Service (“SARS“) has taken several precautionary measures in response to the risk of infection from COVID-19 which are aligned with and are in support of the initiatives implemented by the Department of Health.

SARS’ tax, customs and excise operations will continue as normal at all SARS branch offices and ports of entry, but subject to strict social distancing and general hygiene practices.

Taxpayers are discouraged from visiting SARS branch offices and are encouraged rather to make use of the SARS eFiling platform or to contact SARS via the SARS Contact Centre, byemail or post (details can be found on the SARS website). The following service offerings are currently available on the SARS eFiling platform:…”

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