Johannesburg - The SA Revenue Service (Sars) will deal with
a DA request to look into President Jacob Zuma's Nkandla tax issue, the party
said on Wednesday.
It said this emerged from a copy of a letter by Sars
commissioner Ivan Pillay to Democratic Alliance MP Tim Harris.
He wrote that Sars could not disclose information about a
specific taxpayer due to secrecy provisions in the Tax Administration Act,
including whether the taxpayer was subject to an audit.
"However, I can assure you that the matter will be
dealt with in the normal course of the duties and functions assigned to Sars
for the purpose of the administration of the tax laws."
The DA said this was a clear indication that Sars would not
treat Zuma differently from any other citizen.
Harris reported the matter to Sars after calculating that
Zuma could owe around R16.8m for the fringe benefits he received from the R246m
spent on his private Nkandla home in KwaZulu-Natal.
Last month, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found Zuma and
his family unduly benefited from security upgrades to the homestead and
recommended that he pay back a percentage of the non-security upgrades.
The DA said though Madonsela did not specify how much Zuma
owed for the non-security upgrades, the opposition party conservatively
calculated it could be worth around R52.8m.
This was way beyond the R10.6m the public works department
had to allocate to Zuma's "private account", it said.
"We believe the president should repay the full amount
spent for his private benefit, but even if he only pays the R10.6m specified by
public works, the excess - as a fringe benefit - may trigger a liability of
R16.8m in tax payable," the DA said.
"The president must pay the tax he owes."
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