The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has warned that calls for a tax revolt in the country are ill-informed and inciting criminality.
Sars' acting enforcement boss Viwe Mlenzana says a tax revolt could lead to a total shut down of government services such as healthcare, social grants and road infrastructure.
We are disappointed by such calls. We take a very dim view towards them.— Viwe Mlenzana, Acting chief enforcement officer - Sars
87% of the total income of government comes from taxes.— Viwe Mlenzana, Acting chief enforcement officer - Sars
The notion of tax morality is very important.... We should not promote criminality by calling for a tax revolt.— Viwe Mlenzana, Acting chief enforcement officer - Sars
Outgoing Western Cape Premier Helen Zille this week threatened that she would organise a tax revolt, if those implicated in the state capture inquiry aren't prosecuted.
Mlenzana says South Africans they should express their political dissatisfaction with the confines of the law.
Is Sars on the mend?
At the same time, the revenue service is working to restore its credibility and strengthen its capacity by reinstating critical units that were demolished during Tom Moyane's controversial reign.
Sars reestablished the unit probing the illicit economy in November last year, Mlenzana explains.
The unit has so far has 50 serious cases of syndicated tax crime, including VAT-fraud, to deal with.
In addition, Sars has decided to restore its Large Business Centre, dealing mainly with administrative issues of its corporate clients.
Mlenzana says the decision to strategically tackle syndicated tax fraud and tax compliance is only the beginning.
The tax collector is also recutting new talent and skills in auditing, case selection and other fields.
There's a lot of South Africans that are paying their taxes... however, there are those that er. It's important that we have the right internal capacity to deal with those issues.— Viwe Mlenzana, Acting chief enforcement officer - Sars
We are seeing worrying trends in certain sectors... We're seeing concerning trends in the fuel industry, for instance.— Viwe Mlenzana, Acting chief enforcement officer - Sars
President Cyril Ramaphosa must pronounce on the recommendations made by the Nugent commission of inquiry into Sars before they can act any further, Mlenzana adds.
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