Pietermaritzburg – The KwaZulu-Natal government has written a letter to Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan asking him to review the impact of taxation, inheritance and the administration of deceased estates on the lives of widows.
“We have requested the Minister of Finance to consider appropriate interventions in the short term to ensure that the obligation of gender mainstreaming be extended to the tax regime of our country and that the immediate prejudice and hardship is mitigated,” said Premier Senzo Mchunu in his State of the Province Address on Thursday.
Mchunu said an in-depth gender analysis and reform of tax legislation must be undertaken.
“We have requested that the South African Law Reform Commission to research [this] with a view to the ultimate reform of South African tax and related legislation.
“The envisaged brief of the South African Law Reform Commission may extend beyond the terms of reference of the Davis Commission on Tax Reform,” he said.
The provincial government made suggestions to Gordhan including implementation of a special rebate for widows and widowers.
“There needs to be a possible reduction in the overall VAT rate or, at least, the zero rating of basic foodstuffs could, possibly, be extended to include baby formula and also clothing for babies and children,” said Mchunu.
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