South African Revenue Service

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South African Revenue Service
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South African Revenue Service
Agency overview
Jurisdiction Government of South Africa
Headquarters Pretoria , Gauteng , South Africa
Employees 15,000 (2010/2011)[1]
Agency executive

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is the revenue service (tax-collecting agency) of the South African government. It was established by legislation to collect revenue and ensure compliance with tax law. Its vision is to be an innovative revenue and customs agency that enhances economic growth and social development, and supports South Africa's integration into the global economy in a way that benefits all citizens.

In accordance with the South African Revenue Service Act 34 of 1997, the service is an administratively autonomous organ of the state: it is outside the public service, but within the public administration. So although South Africa's tax regime is set by the National Treasury, it is managed by SARS.

SARS aims to provide an enhanced, transparent and client-orientated service to ensure optimum and equitable collection of revenue.

Its main functions are to:

  • collect and administer all national taxes, duties and levies;
  • collect revenue that may be imposed under any other legislation, as agreed on between SARS and an organ of state or institution entitled to the revenue;
  • provide protection against the illegal importation and exportation of goods;
  • facilitate trade; and
  • advise the Minister of Finance on all matters.[2]

SARS provides an online portal to individuals, tax practitioners and businesses via its SARS eFiling website.


  1. ^ "People at SARS". South African Revenue Service. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  2. ^ Official website of the South African Revenue Services

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