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Section 246 of the Tax Administration Act No 28 of 2011 requires that every company carrying on business or having an office in South Africa must at all times be represented by an individual residing in South Africa.  

Who can be a Public Officer?  

The individual representative must be approved by SARS and must be a person who is a senior official of the company. If no senior official resides in South Africa, the individual representative may be another suitable person appointed by the company.  

The individual representative must be called the Public Officer of the company and must be appointed within one month after the company begins to carry on business or acquires an office in the Republic.  

If a Public Officer is not appointed as stated above, the Public Officer is the director, company secretary or other officer of the company that SARS designates for that purpose.   

Responsibilities of a Public Officer   

A Public Officer is responsible for all acts, matters, or things that the company must do under a Tax Act, and in case of default, the Public Officer is subject to penalties for the company’s defaults.   

A Company is regarded as having done everything once completed by the Public Officer in the Officer’s representative capacity.    

How to appoint a Public Officer   

A resolution needs to be passed conferring the required person to sign returns, objections, appeals, to take legal notices, and generally to represent the company. The resolution needs to be signed by all Directors / Members of the company and the Trustees of a Trust.   

The appointed Public Officer needs to sign an acceptance of his/her appointment letter.     

The signed resolution and acceptance letter needs to be submitted to SARS, together with the following documentation:  

  •  Company/Trust/organisation registration documentation  
  •  3 months originally stamped bank statements of the Company/Trust/organisation
  •  Proof of address of the Company/Trust/organisation  
  •  Proof of address of the Public Officer   
  •  Originally certified copies of all Directors/ Members/Trustees, and the Public Officer’s identity documents.

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The 2021 tax season for the period 1 March 2020 to 28 February 2021 opened on 1 July this year, covering one of the toughest financial periods companies and individuals have faced in decades.

In this article, you will find a brief outline of the rates, basic deductions and deadlines that apply to you and your company, as well as a helpful summary of what needs to be done now to ensure deadlines are met and penalties are avoided. 

We also red-flag certain issues that will require careful attention and look at what has changed since last season, including intensified scrutiny of certain taxpayers, SARS’ improved data-collection abilities and the much harsher consequences of non-compliance. 

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These non-financial performance measures are all those things which are not expressed as a monetary value and instead focus on other aspects of the business. The benefit is that often, unlike lagging measures like profit, these non-financial performance measures may actually be a better predictive tool for gauging the future success of your business.
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SARS declared that “property owners … who host fee-paying guests”, must declare that income on their income tax return. But what exactly constitutes income in these instances and just what do owners stand to lose should they not do so?

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Your Tax Deadlines for July 2021
  • 1 July - Start of Filing Season 2021 for Individuals (Non-Provisional)

  • 1 July - Start of Filing Season 2021 for Individuals (Provisional) & Trusts 

  • 7 July - Monthly Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) submissions and payments 

  • 23 July - Value-Added Tax (VAT) manual submissions and payments

  • 29 July - Excise Duty payments

  • 30 July - Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Provisional Tax Payments where applicable

  • 30 July - Value-Added Tax (VAT) electronic submissions and payments.


The information provided herein should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your professional adviser for specific and detailed advice.

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