JOHANNESBURG, November 14, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --
As previously reported, the South African Revenue Service ("SARS") issued revised assessments for Sasol Oil (Pty) Ltd ("Sasol Oil") relating to a dispute around its international crude oil procurement activities for the 2005 to 2014 tax years. The litigation in the Tax Court, relating to the international crude oil procurement activities for the 2005 to 2007 years of assessment, was concluded and judgement was delivered in favour of SARS on 30 June 2017. Sasol Oil made a provision in its 2018 annual financial statements of R1.3 billion, including penalties and interest, which covers the 2005 to 2014 tax years relating to the tax assessment ground to which this litigation is related.
Sasol Oil filed an appeal against the judgment by the Tax Court with the Supreme Court of Appeal. On 9 November, the Supreme Court of Appeal decided to uphold the appeal and to set aside the ruling by the Tax Court. The Court effectively confirmed Sasol Oil's view that the ground for additional taxation of Sasol Oil's international crude oil procurement activities has not been fulfilled.
On the basis of this judgement, Sasol Oil will reverse the accrual of R1.3 billion.
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SOURCE Sasol Limited