Want to object to SARS but not sure if you can? Here are eight instances where it’s perfectly acceptable

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 03 Nov. 2014

Tags: sars, objections and sars, objections, when to object to sars

Last week, we reported that SARS has announced that from December it will introduce changes to dispute forms and the objection process.

Following that report, we’ve been getting questions about objections. One thing most business owners want to know is: When is it appropriate to object to SARS?

If like these business owners, you want to object but aren’t sure if you can, keep reading to discover the eight instances when you can make an objection to SARS so you can enforce your rights.

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Eight instances when you can make an objection to SARS

According to the Practical Tax Loose Leaf Service, you can make an objection if SARS:
  1. Changes the figures by an assessment of your Vat return;
  1. Decides not to allow an extension;
  1. Makes a decision you don’t agree with;
  1. Doesn’t make a refund;
  1. Doesn’t waive an administrative penalty;
  1. Doesn’t waive a non-compliance penalty;
  1. Doesn’t waive an understatement penalty; and
  1. Aggrieves you by its assessment.

So how do you go about making an objection?

You must fill in the formal objection form and submit the form via eFiling within 30 business days after the date of assessment.
In addition, you must:
  • Explain the reasons for your objection;
  • Give SARS an address where you’ll be available to receive SARS documents; and
  • Sign the form.
As it stands, this is the process you must follow when you make an objection. We’ll keep you updated on this since SARS has said from December 2014 it will introduce changes to dispute forms and the objection process.
Now that you know when to make an objection to SARS, enforce your rights.
We recommend you check out Practical Tax Loose Leaf Service to find out more about the dispute process.

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