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SARS objection deadlines: Here's what you need to know

by , 06 February 2016
If SARS gives an assessment, it doesn't necessarily mean that you have to go with it.

For example, they could have made a mistake on your assessment, overlooked the deductions you're allowed etc.

Whatever the cause for concern may be, if you're unhappy with a SARS assessment, you can, According to section 104 of the Tax Administration Act, contest a decision made by SARS.

In other words, you can lodge an objection against a SARS assessment.

But it's worth noting that, in lodging an objection to a SARS assessment, there are strict deadlines that must be met.

Here's what you need to know on those deadlines, what to expect if it's late...

Standard Deadline:

If you disagree with a SARS assessment, then you have just 30 business days, from the date of the assessment, to issue an objection.
 
 
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Late Objection:

If you fail to submit your objection within 30 business days from the date of the assessment, then your objection will be considered late. And objections within this category require big reasons to even have a small chance of being accepted.

What I'm saying is that SARS can still accept your objection, but it requires the following:

1.       Exceptional reasons for why the objection was late (these must be reasons that were out of your control and they must be proven);
2.       Your case must have a very high chance of success in the first place: and
3.       The longer the delay means the more exceptional the reasons must be.
 
What can you learn from all this?

Unless you have exceptional reasons, which made submission of the objection on time impossible, it's advised for you to ensure that any objections to SARS are submitted within the deadline's period of 30 business days from the date of the assessment.

TIP: If you can't provide the grounds for the objection, and you're sure SARS is incorrect in its assessment, then you can apply for an extension
BEFORE the initial deadline of 30 days expires.
 
*To learn more details on objecting to SARS assessments, go to chapter O02: Objections in your Practical Tax Loose Leaf Service, or click here to get your hands on it. 

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