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Call for Comment: Impact of Recent Tax Reforms on the Cost of Tax Compliance for Small Businesses

Thursday, 12 December 2013   (0 Comments)
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Author: SARS & The Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation

The Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) in the Presidency, in partnership with the South African Revenue Services (SARS), is evaluating the impact of recent tax reforms on the costs of tax compliance for small businesses. Genesis Analytics, an economics advisory firm, will be conducting this evaluation on behalf of the DPME and SARS.

As you are well aware, tax compliance costs are one of the regulatory costs that have a major impact on small business development, an important consideration in South Africa. This evaluation will provide valuable data that can be used to enhance the tax system, specifically identifying further opportunities to streamline and simplify taxation for small businesses.

Wide-spread stakeholder engagement, especially with tax practitioners, will form a critical part of the evaluation, to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the impact of tax reform measures, ensure the findings of the study are significant and representative of reality, and enable the generation of useful recommendations. Genesis Analytics would like to conduct focus group discussions (FGDs) with tax practitioners in order to discuss: the intent and background of current tax reforms, challenges that small businesses face in terms of tax compliance, as well as gaps in the tax system that might be targeted in order to enhance small business development.

We are aiming to schedule these FGDs as follows:

  • Johannesburg: Monday 27th January 2014
  • Sasolburg: Wednesday 29th January 2014
  • Rustenburg: Friday 31st January 2014

Each FGD session is expected to comprise 5 – 6 tax practitioners, and to last one hour. The sessions will be conducted at a central venue in your city of work, which will be confirmed once we have received a positive response from you. Please indicate your interest to be part of this FGD by emailing Sharon Smulders on by 22 January 2014

Your input into the study will be greatly appreciated. We would like to thank you in advance for your time and consideration.



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