Treasury: Sugary beverages tax is not a stealth tax

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Cape Town - Government isn't sugar coating the proposed tax on beverages, which has been described as a dubious attempt to increase revenue for the state coffers by avoiding to raise the Value-Added Tax (VAT) rate.

Revenue is not the major objective of the proposed tax on sugary beverages, according to Mpho Legote who is a director for VAT, Excise Duties & Sub-National Taxes at the Treasury.

The debate on South Africa introducing a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) has reached a crescendo with the final tax design set to be announced in February next year.

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