Disputes can fall into one of four main phases, to wit: the objection phase, appeal phase (pre-litigation), appeal phase (litigation – Tax Board) and appeal phase (litigation – Tax Court).  The flow charts below contain the steps and a high level overview of the days prescribed for each step in each of the four phases. For more detail on the days prescribed for the objection phase and the appeal phase (pre-litigation), go to TAA Business Day Refresher on the home screen. 

New dispute resolution rules were gazetted on 10 March 2023. The flow charts below are based on the new rules. We have also provided an infographic below to explain the transitional rules insofar as the 80-day objection period applies in relation to pre 10 March 2023 assessments. 

Objection Phase
Appeal phase (pre-litigation)
Appeal phase (Litigation - Tax Board)
Appeal phase (Litigation - Tax Court)
New Dispute Rules Infographic

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