OFFICE OF THE TAX OMBUD
DATE: 4 SEPTEMBER 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MINISTER OF FINANCE EXTENDS THE TERM OF OFFICE OF THE TAX OMBUD
Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni has extended the term of office of the Tax Ombud Judge Bernard Makgabo Ngoepe for three years, commencing 1 October 2019. Judge Ngoepe became the country’s first Tax Ombud when he was appointed by the then Minister of Finance, in October 2013. Minister Mboweni congratulated Judge Ngoepe on the extension of his term of office. The Minister assured Judge Ngoepe of his highest consideration and wished him success.
“I look forward to continue working with you in contributing to the delivery of the Office of the Tax Ombud mandate. I am confident that through your strong leadership you will continue to guide the Office to greater heights,” Minister Mboweni said. The appointment is on a part-time basis.
Judge Ngoepe welcomed the extension and said that he would continue to pursue independence of the Office from the South African Revenue Service (SARS). Judge Ngoepe further stated that “The next three years will provide us with more time to pursue the objective of turning the OTO into an independent institution that will ensure the balance between SARS’ powers on the one hand, and taxpayer rights and obligations on the other.” This, he hopes, would inculcate a culture of tax compliance.
Issued on behalf of the Tax Ombud
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