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Match tax-collecting vigour with spending sense

2015-06-08 17:17
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Mthunzi Mbatha, City Press

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The South African Revenue Service is arguably the most efficient arm of the government – it collects taxes and even exceeds targets. Of course, we can’t all be pleased with parting with our hard-earned cash especially in these trying times.

The Sars advert that shows an old man seeing the light for the first time in a long while after having a surgical procedure that restored his sight – thanks to tax money enabling health services to finance such facilities – is quite an eye-opener.

Does the heart-warming campaign soften the blow on the taxpayer though? Some think it’s just meant to make you feel guilty and grudgingly do your tax returns.

The compliance and goodwill of taxpayers certainly go a long way in the government “having a good story to tell”. But in every good story there are often tragic scenes before the happy ending – if any.

Public servants are called just that for a reason – they serve the public who pay the taxes. And they are not doing us a favour; we pay them. So whenever they are not doing their jobs well, they’re cheating us of hard-earned money.

There’s nothing more painful than seeing cops driving as if they own the roads – in our tax-financed vehicles. In case that statement makes them trigger happy, they should know we buy those bullets as well.

The same applies to everyone on our payroll, from the street sweeper to the municipal manager.

It’s about time we as taxpayers got value for money and a bit of respect.

The good work of the taxman collecting funds for the fiscus is a futile exercise if it’s not matched by a similar effort in ensuring that the money is spent where it’s supposed to. 

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