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What has struck the compiler of this index during the compilation process is the fact that there truly are gems of analysis to be found in seventy years of The Taxpayer that are as current today as they were at the time when they were written. There is, of course, also material that is out-of-date, and one needs a certain amount of insight to know which is which, but even ‘out-of-date’ analysis – out-of-date only because the fiscal context has changed – can be of considerable interest because, although history does not always repeat itself, it often rhymes; and good analysis can in any event often be applied mutatis mutandis. The way of thinking does not change.
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‘Put bluntly: If you seek to assess and collect tax on the basis that it is due despite Absa being ignorant, then it is not open to claim that you deserve a chance to go behind the premise of the assessment levied, so you can afterwards attempt to prove Absa did have knowledge. In my view, it would be untenable, having regard to SARS’s conduct, appraised holistically, to endorse a reading of the section 80J notice that would allow it to wriggle out of the premise it chose to rely on to levy an assessment.
Accordingly, there is no room for a plausible dispute of fact. Absa was served with a section 80J notice and subseqently served with letters of assessment on the facts reported by Absa about its role in the series of transactions. A semantic gyration cannot turn a naartjie into an orange.’
– Sutherland J in ABSA Bank Ltd & Another v Commissioner, South
African Revenue Service 2021 Taxpayer 129,  ZAGPPHC 183, 2021 (3) SA 513 (GP), 83 SATC 401, paras 37 and 38
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