Natasha Marrian Political editor: Business Day

The need to re-establish the critical large-business centre at the SA Revenue Service was “urgent” and it could not afford delay, it was said on Thursday at the commission of inquiry into governance and administration at Sars. Testimony at the inquiry, chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent, was that the unit’s revival was under way under acting commissioner Mark Kingon. But Business Day understands from Sars insiders the work is slow and, other than discussions, no real action has yet been taken. The large-business centre, which provided all-in-one tax services for big corporate clients, contributed about 30% of total Sars revenue collection. But under the restructuring led by now suspended commissioner Tom Moyane, and conducted by consultants Bain & Co, the unit was disbanded. Its highly skilled staffers were scattered across the organisation, and many have since resigned. Nishana Gosai, former head of the transfer-pricing unit in the large-business centre, gave emotional testimon...

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