By Martin Hesse Time for IOL
The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has extended the filing deadline for non-provisional taxpayers. The deadline, which was today, Tuesday November 23, has been extended to December 2.
In a statement released today, SARS says it is pleased with the overwhelming response it has received from taxpayers who have submitted their personal income tax returns since 1 July this year.
“SARS would like to thank these taxpayers for responding to our strategic intent of promoting a culture of voluntary compliance.
“However, to afford other taxpayers the opportunity to comply with their legal requirements, SARS will extend the filing season deadline for non-provisional individual taxpayers from November 23 to December 2.
“SARS is acutely aware of the systemic issues the organisation has experienced, as well as the impact of load-shedding on taxpayers which made it difficult for taxpayers to file their returns.
“As a result, the date for levying of penalties on taxpayers that have not filed their return will be extended and implemented in January 2022,” SARS says.
SARS urges taxpayers to use its convenient digital channels: eFiling, SARS MobiApp, as well as the SMS service, which has the number 47277. By sending an SMS to this number, you can book an appointment at a SARS branch, check if you need to file a return and be helped with other services.
The SARS website has also been upgraded to allow for more digital services to taxpayers. For more information on these services, visit www.sars.gov.za
SARS says it remains committed “to make it simple and easy for taxpayers to meet their legal obligations and hopes that the extension of the filing season deadline will encourage greater compliance among taxpayers”.
There will be no deadline for registration of Information Officers and Deputy Information Officers; meaning that no responsible party will be held liable for not registering by 30 June 2021.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the Information Regulator said this decision follows technical glitches with the registration portal and numerous concerns raised by responsible parties regarding the registration process.
“The regulator is currently looking into alternative registration processes and will communicate this in due course. We understand that our portal malfunctioning has caused a lot of anxiety and panic and for that we really do apologise,” Chairperson of the Information Regulator, Advocate Pansy Tlakula said.
The registration of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as an Information Officer for multiple legal entities has been taken into consideration and it will be permissible.
The registration portal is currently being configured to accommodate these changes. When the registration portal has been updated, it will be announced.
“The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) enforcement powers as promulgated by the President of South Africa in June 2020 will still be coming into effect as of the 1 July 2021. The Information Regulator had thus afforded responsible parties a one-year grace period to be compliant with POPIA.
“For responsible parties to be compliant with POPIA, they are required amongst many actions, to appoint and register their Information Officers with the Information Regulator and apply for Prior Authorisation before processing personal information,” the regulator said.
There has been an exponential increase for engagement from responsible parties with the regulator. This as the POPIA enforcement powers draw closer and are less than 10 days away.
Furthermore, the regulator has extended the applications for Prior Authorisation in terms section 57 (1) subject to section 58 (2) to 01 February 2022.
Responsible Parties must obtain prior authorisation from the regulator prior to any processing of personal information where that responsible party plans to:
- Process any unique identifiers of a data subject.
- Process information on criminal Behaviour or on unlawful or objectionable conduct on behalf of third parties.
- Process information for purposes of credit reporting.
- Transfer special personal information or personal information of children to foreign countries that do not provide an adequate level of protection for processing of personal information.
The Information Regulator as of 30 June will also be taking over the function of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) from the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC).
Should the public require lodging a complaint, they may approach the Regulator to adjudicate, or they may approach the court directly.
Staples and Office Depot have announced the completion of financing arrangements and the extension of their merger agreement from 4 February 2016 to 16 May 2016.
The extension allows for the completion of ongoing federal district court litigation with the Federal Trade Commission.
On 4 February, 2015, Staples and Office Depot entered into a definitive merger agreement to combine as a single company.
The combined company will be better positioned to provide value to customers, and compete against a large and diverse set of competitors. The company expects to deliver more than $1-billion of annualised synergies net of investments to provide increased value to customers by the third full fiscal year post-closing. The combined company will be better equipped to optimise its retail footprint, minimise redundancy, and reduce costs.
In connection with the proposed merger, Staples has filed with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 that includes a proxy statement of Office Depot that also constitutes a prospectus of Staples. Staples filed the final proxy statement/prospectus with the SEC on 18 May 2015.
The registration statement was declared effective by the SEC on 15 May 2015.
Office Depot mailed the definitive proxy statement/prospectus to stockholders of Office Depot on or about 19 May 2015, and the stockholders approved the transaction on 19 June 2015.
The registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus contain important information about Staples, Office Depot, the transaction and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the registration statement and the proxy statement/prospectus (including all amendments and supplements thereto) carefully.