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SARSFin24 reports that the SA Revenue Service (SARS) is in the process of seeking a declaratory order from the North Gauteng High Court on whether bonuses of R3m awarded to members of the executive committee (Exco) in August 2016 should be regarded as irregular expenditure or not.  

This was indicated in a report submitted by SARS commissioner Tom Moyane to Parliament’s standing committee on finance on Tuesday.  According to the report, no bonus payment was made to the commissioner during the period covered.  The Auditor General queried the authorisation of the payment of the bonuses to the Exco members and as an interim measure it was agreed that it would be reported under irregular expenditure in SARS' financial report.  SARS now wants the court to decide on the powers given to the SARS commissioner in terms of the SARS Act to authorise such payment of bonuses.  The DA’s Alf Lees asked Moyane why the court has been approached to make a ruling on the legality of the payment of the bonuses instead of approaching the minister of finance at the time for permission to make such payments.  In Moyane’s view, the court would be the best suited to solve the matter.

  • Read this report by Carin Smith in full at Fin24

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