SARS advertises 370 jobs to boost tax crackdowns

SARS has received an additional R3 billion to enhance IT expertise and research skills.

SARS is advertising 370 new positions as part of a plan to improve the compliance of wealthy taxpayers, as well as to boost the use of data analytics and artificial intelligence capabilities.

In this year's budget speech, it was announced that SARS was being given an extra R3 billion to increase and improve its capabilities.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni said the funds will aid efforts to digitalise SARS.

The Finance Minister said in his budget speech, “SARS has started to deepen its technology, data, and machine learning capability. It is also expanding specialised audit and investigating skills in the tax and customs areas to renew its focus on the abuse of transfer pricing, tax base erosion and tax crime.”

According to the budget review, a digitalised SARS is intended to lower costs of compliance, simplify tax administration, and improve collections.

The positions SARS is advertising include chief data scientists, chief technology and innovation Officers, as well as specialists in trust operations, regulatory compliance and leveraged legal products.

It is also looking for 200 young graduates in the tax, legal and auditing fields, as well as criminal investigators and forensic auditors.

In a statement on Twitter accompanying the adverts for the 370 positions SARS said, "We are growing our own timber but to respond to this calling, we are also looking for 370 highly skilled, experiences, results driven, self-directed leaders and specialists with sound judgment.”
SARS has also promoted SAP specialists, developers, database administrators and IT security engineers.