COLIN WOLFSOHN: Look, their whole principle of separating and making our ordinary Tax Act simpler, without these administrative provisions, is very good, no question about it. We understand where SARS is coming from in terms of cases of genuine crooks or people, as we say, like an Enron kind of case. We are concerned on a practical basis though, whether all these provisions…because this Act is written in the basis where everything is perfect and we’ve seen, unfortunately, cases in the past where you might have SARS employees who don’t interpret these legislations pieces totally accurately and, if I can use the wrong wording, might abuse their position. That kind of situation concerns us but hopefully with proper training of SARS officials that things will improve.
We have had instances where SARS employees have abused their position and unfairly interpreted the VAT Act to the total and unnecessary disadvantage of the taxpayer. Arrogant and unprofessional behaviour like that should never have been allowed to take place. It echoes the harshness and intolerance of Apartheid racism.
Taipei – A Taiwanese woman was ordered to compensate a noodle shop Tw$200 000 ($7 000) for defamation after criticising the store as unclean and its food as “really bad” on her blog, a court said on Friday.
Liu Ying-hui escaped a 30-day jail term, with the high court deciding to grant her a two-year suspended sentence after she agreed to compensate the shop, according to the verdict released by the court.
Liu was convicted of defaming the shop in February for commenting on her blog in 2009 that its food was “really bad… too salty” while the owner was a “bully” and the stop was “unclean with cockroaches”, the verdict said.
A district court in central Taiwan ruled that her remarks “crossed the boundary of an appropriate review” since she had failed to prove her allegations.
It was the latest of a number of controversial rulings involving Internet commentaries, after a teacher was ordered to pay her dentist Tw$1.5m for calling him a “rat’s dropping” in March, according to local media.