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Tax Administration Act, 2011 (Act No. 28 of 2011)

Chapter 9 : Dispute Resolution

Part D : Tax court

129. Decision by tax court


(1) The tax court, after hearing the "appellant's" appeal lodged under section 107 against an assessment or "decision", must decide the matter on the basis that the burden of proof as described in section 102 is upon the taxpayer.


(2) In the case of an assessment or "decision" under appeal or an application in a procedural matter referred to in section 117(3), the tax court may—
(a) confirm the assessment or "decision";
(b) order the assessment or "decision" to be altered;
(c) refer the assessment back to SARS for further examination and assessment; or
(d) make an appropriate order in a procedural matter.

[Section 129(2) substituted by section 19  of Notice No. 16, GG 42169, dated 17 January 2019 (Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act, 2018 (Act No. 22 of 2018))]


(3) In the case of an appeal against an understatement penalty imposed by SARS under a tax Act, the tax court must decide the matter on the basis that the burden of proof is upon SARS and may reduce, confirm or increase the understatement penalty.


(4) If SARS alters an assessment as a result of a referral under subsection (2)(c), the assessment is subject to objection and appeal.


(5) Unless a tax court otherwise directs, a decision by the tax court in a test case designated under section 106(6) is determinative of the issues in an objection or appeal stayed by reason of the test case under section 106(6)(b) to the extent determined under the "rules".


[Section 129 substituted by section 52 of the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act, 2013 (Act No. 39 of 2012)