For most taxpayers, tax compliance is a challenging and potentially expensive task, but this challenge becomes even more difficult when a disaster strikes. Disasters can come in many forms such as natural disasters (fires, floods and hurricanes) or in the form of a virus (such as COVID-19) or because of technology failure (loss of electronic records, crime, identity theft etc.). These disasters can impact both taxpayers and SARS.
Taxpayer rights are important at the best of times, but during times of disaster, protecting ones’ rights becomes even more critical. Ensuring that you as a taxpayer is prepared to some extent at least to prevent or overcome these disasters experienced by yourself or by SARS is crucial. Knowing your rights and the rights of SARS in these circumstances is vital.
This webcast will delve into various principled questions such as whether, in a time of disaster, there a clash between the current tax provisions and the principle of fairness (as well as other rule of law principles). Taxpayers’ rights to action and redress against the State during a crisis will be elaborated on and contrasted to the taxpayers’ responsibilities when SARS experiences a disaster (IT failures, refunds hijacked, relief during pandemics etc.).
The event will conclude by looking at Taxpayers’ Rights Charters and Service Charters (and whether they protect the rights of taxpayers, and if not, what the alternatives are). This session includes an update from SARS on the progress they are making on the development of South Africa’s own Taxpayer Rights Charter.
“Tax in practice” sessions will address practical tips on dealing with actual fact-based scenarios in each part of the program areas. Various speaker from across the world will also share their insights on the targeted tax relief measures provided by international organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting what worked and what did not work. Contrasted to this, the South African government’s interventions and policy considerations will be evaluated and SARS will share with us their experiences and lessons learnt during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Full Day Webcast
- Full Day Webcast