Key investigators working on cases linked to controversial high-profile taxpayers are set to come under scrutiny at retired judge Robert Nugent’s commission of inquiry into the SA Revenue Service (SARS). The Nugent inquiry starts on Tuesday with a submission from SARS executive Randall Carolissen, who defended the tax agency after its fall in revenue collection in 2017. The commission is aimed at getting to the bottom of the governance issues at SARS under suspended commissioner Tom Moyane. These issues have been partly blamed for the R48bn shortfall in revenue collection. During its first round of public hearings at the end of June, the inquiry heard how a far-reaching restructuring at SARS eroded its capacity in a variety of areas including enforcement. Pieter Engelbrecht, a SARS investigator who was key to the tax agency’s investigation team against businessmen Dave King, Robert Huang, Mark Lifman and Gary van der Merwe, is set to make a submission to the inquiry on Wednesday. Th...

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