'Tax ombuds structural independence from Sars not for myself but for taxpayers'

The office of the Tax Ombudsman was established to offer an alternative course for taxpayers where there were failures in service delivery and tax administration.

Last year 702Breakfast spoke to Tax ombud Judge Bernard Ngoepe who said there was a need for his office to be fully independent of Sars.

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Ngoepe joins Bongani Bingwa and says regrettably there hasn't been much change at the ombudsman and it is still not fully independent.

Thus the judge is calling for public participation from all taxpayers and tax practitioners to share ideas around the structural independence of the office.

There has been some stagnation and we are almost exactly where we were two years ago which is why I have arranged the public participation. I am not seeking this structural independence for myself, I want it for the benefit for the general public, the taxpayers.

Judge Bernard Ngoepe, Tax Ombudsman

He says he has set up a platform for stakeholders and representatives to come and attend an Indaba that will take place from Tuesday.

Sars has too much power, and there needs to be an office that will counteract that full power, he adds.

Listen below to the full conversation:


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