Kieswetter: A tax revolt over service delivery will end up punishing the vulnerable

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Edward Kieswetter, Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service.
Edward Kieswetter, Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service.
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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.

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