Updated 08 April 2020
This privacy statement forms part of SME.TAX’s website terms and conditions. If you do not agree with any term of this privacy statement, you must cease your access of this website immediately.
1. Definitions and Interpretation
1.2. “SME.TAX” is the product of SME.TAX (Pty) Ltd.2. “Personal Information” means information relating to an identifiable, living, natural person and where it is applicable, identifiable, existing juristic person, including all information as defined in the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI).
1.3. “Processing” means the creation, generation, communication, storage, destruction of personal information as more fully defined in the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013.
1.4. “You” or the “user” means any person who accesses and browses this website for any purpose.
1.5. “Website” means the website of SME.TAX at URL www.sme.tax or such other URL as may be chosen from time to time.
2. Status and Amendments
3. Processing of Personal Information
3.1. By providing your personal information to SME.TAX you acknowledge that it has been collected directly from you and consent to its processing by SME.TAX.
3.2. Where you submit Personal Information (such as name, address, telephone number and email address) via the website (e.g. through completing any online form) the following principles are observed in the processing of that information:
3.2.1. SME.TAX will only collect personal information for a purpose consistent with the purpose for which it is required. The specific purpose for which information is collected will be apparent from the context in which it is requested.
3.2.2. SME.TAX will only process personal information in a manner that is adequate, relevant and not excessive in the context of the purpose for which it is processed.
3.2.3. Personal information will only be processed for a purpose compatible with that for which it was collected, unless you have agreed to an alternative purpose in writing or SME.TAX is permitted in terms of national legislation of general application dealing primarily with the protection of personal information.
3.2.4. SME.TAX will keep records of all tax information collected and the specific purpose for which it was collected for a period of 5 (five) years from the date on which it was used for its intended purposes as per the appropriate legislation.
3.2.5. SME.TAX will not disclose any personal information relating to you to any third party unless your prior written agreement is obtained or SME.TAX is required to do so by law.
3.2.6. If personal information is released with your consent SME.TAX will retain a record of the information released, the third party to which it was released, the reason for the release and the date of release, for a period of 1 (one) year from the date on which it was last used.
3.2.7. SME.TAX will destroy or delete any personal information that is no longer needed by SME.TAX for the purpose it was initially collected, or subsequently processed.
3.2.8. We use your information, including any PII, to fulfill any other purposes for which you provide your information, for any other purpose as described to you at the time your information is collected or for which your consent is given or for any other purpose in our sole judgment to improve or enhance our user’s website experience or to improve our operations and obligations.
3.2.9. The appropriate method(s) for accessing your information, if any, will depend on which of our websites and services you have visited or used. Depending on the website and service, you may have the ability to view or edit some of your information online, by logging into the website and visiting your account profile page. If you remove information from your user profile, it may stay in backups on our servers for a period before being completely removed. Once deleted, your account is gone and cannot be restored.
3.2.10 Content generated by the public, such as help desk questions & Q&A posts won’t be deleted. It is possible that all this posted content may be changed to attributed by ‘Anonymous’ user.
3.3. Note that, as permitted by the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002, SME.TAX may use personal information collected to compile profiles for statistical purposes. No information contained in the profiles or statistics will be able to be linked to any specific user.
4. Collection of anonymous data
4.1. SME.TAX may use standard technology to collect information about the use of this website. This technology is not able to identify individual users but simply allows SME.TAX to collect statistics.
4.3. SME.TAX may utilise temporary or session cookies to keep track of users’ browsing habits. A cookie is a small file that is placed on your hard drive in order to keep a record of your interaction with this website and facilitate user convenience.
4.3.1. Cookies by themselves will not be used to identify users personally but may be used to compile de-identified statistics relating to use of services offered or to provide SME.TAX with feedback on the performance of this website.
4.3.2. The following classes of information may be collected in respect of users who have enabled cookies:
22.214.171.124. The browser software used;
126.96.36.199. IP address;
188.8.131.52. Date and time of activities while visiting the website;
184.108.40.206. URLs of internal pages visited; and
4.3. If you do not wish cookies to be employed to customize your interaction with this website it is possible to alter the manner in which your browser handles cookies. Please note that, if this is done, certain services on this website may not be available.
You can set preferences for how Google advertises to you using the Google Ad Preferences page, and if you want to you can opt out of interest-based advertising entirely by cookie settings or permanently using a browser plugin.
5.1. SME.TAX takes reasonable measures to ensure the security and integrity of information submitted to or collected by this website, but cannot under any circumstances be held liable for any loss or other damage sustained by you as a result of unlawful access to or dissemination of any personal information by a third party.
6. Links to other websites