ANC denies SARS ultimatum to pay tax bill

ANC denies SARS ultimatum to pay tax bill

The African National Congress (ANC) says it has not been informed of the 10 day ultimatum by the South African Revenue Services (Sars) to settle more than R102 million in tax debt.

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Jacaranda FM News broke the story on Monday after coming into possession of a letter to the ANC, in which the SARS threatens to attach and sell ANC assets if the ruling party fails to oblige to the demand.


In a statement released on Monday, ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe says they have noted the article and are not aware of the ultimatum.


“The ANC has noted an article that appeared in one of the online newspaper accusing the organisation of being a ‘tax evader’ and further that the South African Revenue Services has issued a 10 day ultimatum for the payment of over 100 million in tax debt.


“The ANC is neither aware nor informed of such an ultimatum by SARS and therefore dismisses such inaccurate, malicious, dubious and divisive media reports with the contempt they deserve.”


JacarandaFM News never referred to the ANC as a ‘tax evader’. 

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According to Mabe, matters related to taxation of the ANC are private and handled by the Treasurer General’s Office (TGO) who engages with SARS from time to time on such affairs.   


“The ANC TGO has on previous occasions entered into legally permissible payment arrangements with SARS topay-off its arrears.


“The ANC will continue to pay all taxes and debts owed to SARS, and certainly finds the allegation of tax evasion rendered against the movement, abhorrent and irresponsible,” reads the statement.

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