Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has given tax ombud Bernard Ngoepe the go-ahead to conduct a systemic investigation into the South African Revenue Service (SARS), the tax agency confirmed on Monday. “SARS would like to place on record its full support of the investigation by the tax ombud. Given the recent narrative about the issue of refunds, we are confident that the results of this investigation will provide the South African public with the requisite confidence in SARS’s systems,” SARS spokesperson Sandile Memela said in a statement. SARS was informed of Gordhan’s approval of Ngoepe’s request to probe the matter by Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas. Ngoepe requested approval for the probe after receiving a high number of complaints into delays by the tax agency in paying refunds to tax payers, Business Day reported last week. “The Office of the Tax Ombud and the Ministry of Finance can be assured of full co-operation from SARS during the investigation. It is in the interest ...

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