CAPE TOWN – Close to R450 million in tax refunds was paid to the first top 10 taxpayers – thanks to the intervention of the Office of the Tax Ombud (OTO), and more than 99 percent of recommendations made by the Tax Ombud Judge Bernard Ngoepe were implemented by the SA Revenue Services (Sars).
These are some of the highlights contained in the Tax Ombud 2017/18 Annual Report discussed by tax experts and other important stakeholders in the tax sphere at The Protea Fire & Ice Hotel, in Menlyn, Pretoria on Tuesday.
Judge Ngoepe told more than 100 delegates who attended the launch of the report that the top 10 complaints with the highest amounts resulted in R446m in VAT and CIT refunds paid out to taxpayers after they lodged complaints with the OTO against Sars. The highest refund paid was a VAT refund of R158 286 298.15, followed by R90 973 572.17.
Ngoepe said that the organisation had experienced a significance increase in the number of contacts from 670 in the 2013/14 financial year, to more than 17 000 in the 2017/18 financial year.
“We are pleased with how we have been able to help promote fairness in the country’s tax administration system and we look forward to working with other stakeholders not to just promote and protect the rights of taxpayers but also promote tax compliance,” he said.