Withholding tax to punish government for poor service delivery or corruption will really punish South Africa's poor and vulnerable, says South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Edward Kieswetter.
On 1 July, the revenue service launched this year's tax filing season - which will be virtual. Branch visits will not be allowed for the next six weeks, as a safety measure amid the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. Taxpayers will have to book an appointment to visit a branch after the six weeks.
While SARS is making it easier for taxpayers to file returns, there is also a risk of a tax revolt, especially in light of poor service delivery by municipalities. Fin24 reported this week that billions in taxpayer money is being wasted by municipalities.