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Where Will The Additional Taxes Come From?

11 October 2013   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Author: Ingé Lamprecht
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Author: Ingé Lamprecht (MoneywebTax)

An increase in tax collection as a means to try and reduce South Africa's budget deficit will most likely have to come from a fourth significant tax.

The budget deficit is expected to widen to 5.2% of gross domestic product (GDP) this year, but National Treasury aims to reduce it to 3.1% by 2015/16.

Speaking at the South African Institute of Chartered Accountant's (Saica) 2013 Tax Conference, Addressing the changes in the tax landscape, Prof Matthew Lester, tax professor at Rhodes University, said there is very little scope to raise more revenue from personal or corporate income taxes or value-added tax (VAT) - the three major sources of tax revenue locally.

According to the South African Revenue Service's (SARS) annual report for 2012/13, a total of R814bn was collected in taxes - 34% from personal income tax, 19,8% from corporate income tax and 26,4% from value-added tax (VAT).

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Marion Behr Sr says...
Posted 21 October 2013
SARS just creates fancy names for products to get easy tax collection. this is robbery.


Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.


The Act requires that a minimum academic and practical requirments be set to register with a controlling body. Click here for the minimum requirements of SAIT.

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