Gordhan: Warning for tax defaulters

2012-04-01 15:06

Pretoria - The government will soon implement stringent measures to clamp down on tax defaulters, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said on Sunday.

Launching the SA Revenue Service (Sars) compliance programme in Pretoria, Gordhan said that although overall tax compliance has improved, the trends require constant monitoring.

"Sars will continue to widen the base of people who are within the tax bracket through constant innovations to ensure that all who should be part of the tax system are part of it," he said.

"Research has identified particular areas in our economy and in our tax system posing higher risks of non-compliance."

Both small and major players in the construction industry were among the major defaulters, said Sars commissioner Oupa Magashula.

"Those people who are not compliant, we know who these people are (and are) going to do something about it," he said.

"The message today is: talk to us before we talk to you. If we call you, be assured that you will pay the penalties," said Magashula.

  • Smell - 2012-04-01 15:22

    How about pursuing policies friendly to the tax payers, so that they not leave the country in droves. Why does the ANC generally choose to alienate the goose that lays the golden egg?

      justin.pretorius - 2012-04-02 10:10

      I think it is because they cannot do anything else. They don't care and they are running out of money needed for their gradiose schemes of failure

  • Rudi - 2012-04-01 15:33

    Target the taxi industry first.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-01 15:38

    How about catching the government officials robbing us blind every year? Amazing that you know who the tax defaulters are yet the thieves you work alongside everyday remain unaccountable.

  • wmutahi - 2012-04-01 15:44

    talk to us before we talk to us??????

  • Trevor - 2012-04-01 15:53

    Pravin offer nothing but lies and more but just a puppet who's only function is to keep on feeding the ANC addicts who's need for more money is NEVER ending. If even HALF of our taxes was used and not stolen, SA would be in a MUCH better postion to offer a better life for all but, that would not be in the ANC's interest, it wants to keep it's people hungry and wanting, they keeps those fat ass Cronie Elites in office living me ONE healthy looking ANC politician and I'll show you a politician who has not been "redeployed" yet.

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-04-01 16:06

    I love this message "The message today is: talk to us before we talk to us" For a second I thought the author of the artcle is under the influence of month end

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-01 16:06

    Pity the minsters don't count

  • Katlego - 2012-04-01 16:12

    Well fair enough, ensure that the fat ministers are tax compliant and your fellow tenderpreneurs cousins! Nxa!

  • braamc - 2012-04-01 16:35

    What about stealing less of tax payers money firstly and secondly applying the funds constructively.

  • marumobongani - 2012-04-01 16:56

    when they take from poor and give to the rich they call it taxes when poor takes from rich is called robbery

  • jpcronje - 2012-04-01 17:02

    "The message today is: talk to us before we talk to us..... Well then, we will talk to us

  • Gregory - 2012-04-01 18:29

    What a catastrophe, less money for Zuma and his cadres to steal.

  • Bertus - 2012-04-01 23:16

    O.k, here's a warning to you and the government, sir. We, the tax paying citizens of South Africa, are tired for being responsible for the welfare of more than 2/3rds of South Africans. We are tired from seeing how much money (R30 billion) is simply stolen by corrupt officials. We are tired from hearing how we pay for 3 planes for our president. We are tired from getting sub standard public health care. We are tired from seeing how those closely linked to the powers-that-be, are benefited. We are tired of driving on the little roads left between potholes. We are tired for being taxed double on corrupt projects. Simply put, if we saw how are tax money is used for the good, less will try and dodge tax. The above are just a few examples how OUR money is abused and stolen.

  • Mthokozisi - 2012-04-02 06:34

    If only our taxes can be used coorrectly

      Michael - 2012-04-02 11:47

      I think it is constructively, they are correct in lining their own pockets!

  • Jay - 2012-04-02 10:03

    Dear Mr Gordhan, Great Rhetoric coming from You and SARS. Will these Warnings apply to: 1. The Ratanang Trust of the Malema Family 2. The suspected funds received by Mrs Mac Maharaj for Consulting Fees 3. The suspected funds earned by the wives of Cabinet Ministers that were found guilty of Drug Dealing & securing Arms Deals etc 4. Make public knowledge of ALL ANC Executives that are Directors in Private Business and declare ALL income & benefits that is Taxable. This MUST APPLY to BBBEE Heads especially who sit on multi company boards. 5. How is SARS going to RECOVER Taxes from Children & Relatives of ANC Heads that are "Supposedly Insolvent" and yet buy sports cars for wives 6. How is SARS planning to COLLECT VAT & Income Tax from the "CASH ONLY" retailers / importers in the Hundreds of CHINA TOWNS / CHINA MALLS And Finally, what plans does SARS have to collect FAIR TAXES from the "CASH ONLY" TAXI INDUSTRY?

      Jay - 2012-04-02 16:23

      Excellent points made, especially point number 6.

      Fly - 2012-04-03 09:24

      Jay for President!!!

  • Michael - 2012-04-02 11:45

    Hey Fatti - the taxes you impose on the honest tax-paying public, the more they are going to duck and dive and avoid paying those taxes! Do you atually get this?

  • GuySoskin - 2012-04-02 17:09

    What is the point of (SARS) trying to take where there is nothing left and "giving back" where its meaningless and all this to fill a hole that is wholly created by maladministration, theft, bribery, collusion, nepotism and pure greed/self interest in the ruling party. The short sightedness is beyond belief! What an effective way to further stifle an already weakened economy. Shame on you!!!

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