Sars plans to stamp out illicit cigarette trade

South African Revenue Service (Sars) says it wants to clamp down on the illicit tobacco trade that costs billions of rands yearly.

Sars briefed the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa) on how they plan to tackle the issue.

Sars group executive for customs compliance risk, William Mpye admits that the revenue service has not been doing enough.

Mpye explains that illicit cigarettes are not declared and are smuggled in false compartments in vehicles through border posts.

We do have a programme focus on cigarettes and tobacco products to look at what it taking place in the illegal markets.

William Mpye, Sars Group Executive for Compliance Risk & Case Selection

We want to increase our efforts to look at what's happening in the market.

William Mpye, Sars Group Executive for Compliance Risk & Case Selection

Cigarettes come into the country through smuggling.

William Mpye, Sars Group Executive for Compliance Risk & Case Selection

Our borders don't have the necessary fences that they used to have in the past.

William Mpye, Sars Group Executive for Compliance Risk & Case Selection

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This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Sars plans to stamp out illicit cigarette trade


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