SARS receives almost 90,000 applications for 500 jobs


  • SARS has received more than 80,000 applicants after 370 positions were advertised.
  • It will now appoint 500 people, the tax authority says.
  • That year, the company received R3 billion to expand its investigative and technical capabilities.
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The SA Revenue Service (SARS) has received more than 88,000 applications for the 500 positions it now has available as part of its plans to improve its technical skills and expand its crackdown on those evading tax evasion, particularly high income earners .

Among the applicants were 755 auditors, SARS said in a statement on Thursday.

SARS has already had more than 15,000 applicants for some of the new positions.

More than 8,000 of the non-SARS applicants have degrees, and according to SARS there was also “a sizeable pool of applicants at the Masters and PhD levels”.

While SARS originally advertised 370 jobs, 500 employees are to be hired.

“SARS believes that government cannot create jobs on its own and we hope that others, especially in the private sector, will do everything possible to enable especially young graduates to start a life by offering internships and them as far as possible, as a demonstration of our joint commitment to building and triggering a prosperous future, “the tax authority said in a statement.

According to SARS, some positions have not received enough applicants and are being advertised again. These include specialists in trusts, customs and excise taxes, corporate tax and data analysis. At least six tax auditor positions still need to be filled.

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In this year’s state budget, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced that SARS would set up its own unit to improve compliance for wealthy taxpayers and gave SARS an additional R3 billion allocation to expand its specialized audit and investigative capabilities Promote the use of data analytics and artificial intelligence skills

Among the new positions it has filled include a director specifically focused on wealthy South Africans and specialists with experience in structuring the finances of “high affluent” individuals.

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Other new positions included a chief data scientist, a chief technology and innovation officer, and specialists in trust practice, regulatory compliance and leverage for legal products. We were also looking for 200 young tax, law and auditing graduates, as well as investigators and forensic examiners.

SARS also applied for SAP specialists, developers, database administrators and IT security engineers.

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