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Carbon emissions tax nets R2.3bn

2012-07-03 15:09

Cape Town - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan says that R2.384bn has been collected since the imposition of the carbon emissions tax in September 2010.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question from Democratic Alliance MP Darryl Worth‚ Gordhan said that for the period 1 September 2010 to 31 March 2011 R625.89m had been collected; from 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2012 R1.617bn was collected, while from 1 April 2012 to 30 April 2012 R141.38m had been collected.

The tax is imposed on carbon dioxide emissions above 120g per kilometre (g/km) at R75 per g/km for passenger vehicles; and‚ for double cabs‚ at R100 per g/km for carbon dioxide emissions above 175 g/km.

Gordhan said the revenue from the vehicle tax forms part of the national revenue fund‚ which is the government’s general revenue fund and not earmarked for specific expenditure programmes.

 

Comments
  • Heinrich - 2012-07-03 15:57

    it needs to go to: SCHOOLS!!! EDUCATION!!!

  • jman.man.71 - 2012-07-03 15:58

    2bn for carbon tax....and paying now for a Boeing!

      greg.meyer.543 - 2012-07-03 16:14

      Title should read. "Government scams Businesses and rakes in 2bn" The fact that man made carbon emission contribute to climate change is in fact just a theory and has not been proven. Its called "The great global warming swindle"

      chequ.checked - 2012-07-03 16:36

      Anything to get some gold of the taxpayer...Don't be surprised the ex-pharmacist opens a low cost airline once he gets resigns from his post...Why should majority South Africans follow the law and pay all these taxes only for MEC scumbags to be available to steal and abuse these funds....not worth it people...

      william.sudding - 2012-07-04 08:30

      Any carbon tax on that purchase? seeing as though jet fuel burns at a higher rate and giving more emissions than 100 cars.

  • gordon.turner.37 - 2012-07-03 16:07

    "Gordhan said the revenue from the vehicle tax forms part of the national revenue fund‚ which is the government’s general revenue fund and not earmarked for specific expenditure programmes" Perfect proof that governments have NO DESIRE OR ABILITY to ever deal with climate change. The complete BS that this tax is created to save the environment. Same as every other country. Tax tax tax.

  • richard.zanner - 2012-07-03 16:13

    So the tax is not geared at putting back for the pollution we create but is used as an opportunistic scheme to generate more taxes. Why an I not surprised.

  • Nick.P.Andrews - 2012-07-03 17:27

    This makes me sick... Why are we paying these taxes if the money isn't being used to help fund projects that help the environment? Just another excuse to take money from our pockets and fund their lavish lifestyles.

  • william.sudding - 2012-07-04 08:28

    the whole idea behind carbon tax is to use it for environmental projects and lower emissions being released into the atmosphere. This money should be used for funding alternative energy projects and research for lowering fuel emissions in the motor industry. Again going to be used to make "the few" richer and richer. This is just like the fuel levy which was introduced to fund road projects ie. maintaining current roads and building new. Again just being put into the "general fiscus" where it can be plundered by "the few".

  • patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-04 18:53

    Pay the e-tol, they are getting it from cars.

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