South Africa's Tax Ombud settles tax disputes
The Tax Ombud has confirmed its partnership with the Finance Indaba 2018, joining as a gold partner. The Office was established in 2013 to help resolve tax-payer disputes, for taxpayers who had exhausted all the ordinary complaint channels that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has to offer.
The Tax Ombud, modeled on similar bodies in the US and the UK, acts much like the Office of the Public Protector in that it aims to ensure administrative justice and act as a check on government. The Tax Ombud aims to resolve complaints for South African taxpayers, who have tried and failed to have administrative, procedural or service issues resolved through SARS’ complaints mechanisms.
The Tax Ombud is completely independent of SARS, and was established to act as a neutral party between SARS and taxpayers. Complainants that come to the Ombud have to show that they have gone through all normal procedures, and if the case falls within the ombud's ambit they aim to resolve it within 15 business days.
The 2018 Finance Indaba takes place on 3 and 4 October 2018 at Sandton Convention Centre, and provides an excellent platform for the Ombud to engage directly with finance professionals. The Finance Indaba is Africa’s biggest annual expo and conference for finance professionals. Register to attend atwww.finance- indaba.co.za.