Mark Kingon was appointed as the Acting Commissioner for SARS on 14 March 2018. He has been at SARS for 34 years in a long and varied career that started in January 1984. He started his career with basic cash hall functions, Salary Assessing, Business Assessing, Trusts, and other specialised business assessing. Later he was involved in Law Interpretation. During a stint in Legal Counsel (Law Administration as it then was), Mark was involved in Payroll Taxes, not-for-profit entities, and Capital Gains Tax.
Mark also served a year on the secretariat with the Tax Advisory Commission to the Minister of Finance. The commission was chaired by Professor Michael Katz. As a member of a sub-committee of the Katz Commission dealing with the Non-Profit Sector, there were key changes in tax legislation and the introduction of a legal framework for Public Benefit Organisations. In 2003 he was closely involved in a Foreign Exchange and related tax amnesty. Mark then became an Assistant General Manager responsible for legal support to our Enforcement operations.
In 2007 he was involved in SARS modernisation initiatives which saw the introduction of electronic platforms for submissions and payments to SARS, particularly the platform called eFiling. At the time of his appointment as Acting Commissioner, Mark was the Group Executive: Relationship Management in the division called Business and Individual Taxes (BAIT).
Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration from the University of South Africa (UNISA).