Judge Dennis Davis, chair at Davis Tax Committee denied allegations that he is undermining Sars leadership and “unashamedly” misleading the public by claiming the revenue service is at risk of imploding.
Davis says what he said in his speech was that perceptions created by newspaper reports about Sars were not good and creates difficulty for tax collections.
Davis was speaking at a conference arranged by the Alternative Information Development Centre on tax evasion and illicit financial flows in Cape Town over the weekend.
I have not made any criticism of Sars as an institution in my speech.— Judge Dennis Davis, Chair at Davis Tax Committee
There were reports in the Mail & Guardian about refunds and the Financial Mail also had a story criticising Sars. It is those kinds of stories that are worrying.— Judge Dennis Davis, Chair at Davis Tax Committee
Davis says he has written to the commissioner of Sars trying to clarify what he meant in his speech not undermining Sars in anyway. He says his speech was taken out of context.
I have great faith in the people at Sars...— Judge Dennis Davis, Chair at Davis Tax Committee
South African Revenue Service Spokesperson, Luther Lebelo says the revenue services stands by its statement that Davis is on a mission to undermine Sars. He says Davis continues to perpetuate a narrative that is a lie.
There is a campaign designed and structured systematically to undermine the current leadership of Sars— Luther Lebelo, South African Revenue Service Spokesperson
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