Judge gives Sars a caning in stick fight with barrel maker

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Judge gives Sars a caning in stick fight with barrel maker

A South American firm has got nothing to whine about. It will be able to apply for a R1,4m tax refund

Cape Town bureau chief

If you prefer wooded wines, the outcome of an obscure four-year court fight between the taxman and a Chilean barrel maker will please your palate and your pocket.

It means duty will no longer be charged on oak staves which are suspended inside steel tanks while wine is maturing to impart the woody flavour of a barrel.

The SA Revenue Service (Sars) first charged 20% duty on the staves imported from cooperage Toneleria Nacional, then reduced it to 10%...

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