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

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Rules Promulgated under section 103 of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (Act No. 28 of 2011)

Part E : Procedures of tax court

36. Discovery of documents

 

(1) The appellant may, within 10 days after delivery of the statement under rule 31, deliver a notice of discovery to SARS requesting it to make discovery on oath of any document material to a ground of the assessment or opposing the appeal specified in the statement under rule 31 not set out in the grounds of assessment as defined in rule 1, to the extent that such document is required by the appellant to formulate its grounds of appeal under rule 32.

 

(2) SARS may within 10 days after delivery of the statement under rule 32, deliver a notice of discovery requesting the appellant to make discovery on oath of any document material to a ground of appeal in the statement under rule 32 and not set out in the grounds of assessment, to the extent such document is required by SARS to formulate its grounds of reply under rule 33.

 

(3) A party may within 15 days after delivery of the statement under rule 32 or 33, as the case may be, deliver a notice of discovery to the other party requesting that party to—
(a) make discovery on oath of all documents relating to the issues in appeal as referred to in rule 34; and
(b) if required and reasonable, produce specified documents in a specified manner, including electronically.

 

(4) A party to whom a notice of discovery has been delivered must make discovery on oath of all documents relating to a request under subrule (1) or (2) or the issues in appeal, as the case may be, within 20 days after delivery of the discovery notice, specifying separately—
(a) the documents in or under the party's possession or control, or in or under the control of that party's agent;
(b) the documents which were previously in the party's possession or control, or under the control of the party's agent, but which are no longer in the party's possession or control or that of the party's agent; and
(c) the documents in respect of which the party has a valid objection to produce.

 

(5) After delivery of the documents, the production or inspection of the documents must take place at a venue and in a manner that the parties agree on.

 

(6) If either party believes that, in addition to the documents disclosed, there are other documents in possession of the other party that may be relevant to a request under subrule (1) or (2) or the issues in appeal, as the case may be, that have not been discovered, then that party may give notice of further discovery within 10 days of the discovery under subrule (4), or of the inspection of the documents under subrule (5), to that other party requiring the other party to within 10 days—
(a) make the further documents available for inspection; or
(b) state under oath that the documents requested are not in that party's possession, in which event the party must state their whereabouts, if known.

 

(7) A document not disclosed pursuant to a notice of discovery may not, unless the tax court in the interest of justice otherwise directs, be used for any purpose at the appeal by the party who failed to make disclosure, but the other party may use such document.

 

(8) A document referred to in subrule (7) does not include a document specifically prepared to assist the court in understanding the case of the relevant party and which is not presented as evidence in the appeal.