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‘It is patriotic to pay tax’

Monday, 08 June 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Author: Ingé Lamprecht
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Author: Ingé Lamprecht (Moneyweb)

SARS commissioner at launch of small business support desks.

Economies where people don’t pay their taxes have serious problems in moving their countries forward, the commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) said on Friday.

Speaking at the official launch of SARS’s small business support desks, commissioner Tom Moyane (pictured) said SARS would study the experience of its neighbour Mozambique to see how it too could create a culture that says it is "patriotic to pay our taxes”.

Des van Rooyen, member of the Standing Committee on Finance in parliament, said recent studies have shown that the collapse of small businesses is related to the issue of tax non-compliance.

"We know of course there are other major reasons like late payment to small businesses. Of course government is the main culprit there – an issue that is being attended to,” he said.

Van Rooyen said the opening of small business desks comes at a time when South Africans need to elevate the role of small businesses in the economic development of the country.

The small business desks are dedicated channels for small business owners to manage and resolve their tax matters when they visit a SARS branch. The desks assist in queries around business registration, tax clearance certificates and general business tax issues.

He said the desks would help to ensure that tax matters are simplified to small businesses, but also that the reputation of SARS is improved.

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