SARS head warns of possible tax revolt as SA uncovers looting

SARS head warns of possible tax revolt as SA uncovers looting

- SARS boss Edward Kieswetter says a tax revolt may be coming

- He says that some South Africans may cease paying taxes as a way to protest state capture

- However, Kieswetter says such a revolt would have dire consequences for the country

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SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter has warned of a potential tax revolt by South African citizens.

He says that taxpayers may cease paying in retaliation following the looting of public funds.

Kieswetter made the remarks while speaking at the Tax Indaba at the Sandton Convention Centre on Monday.

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According to The Citizen, Kieswetter said if that such a tax revolt took place, it would likely result in South Africa having to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a bailout.

"When revenue collection is undermined, it traps us in a vicious cycle of revenue decline, as we've experienced, and consequently the need to go with begging bowls to borrow money," he said. 

This comes as SARS has seen a rise in cases of tax avoidance and fraud, eNCA has reported. This tax avoidance has been attributed to a decrease in the public trust of SARS. Kieswetter says that a major reason for this fall in trust has been state capture and corruption, has gathered.

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Kieswetter's concerns were echoed by tax ombudsman Bernard Ngoepe, who described the capture of SARS as an act of "treason".

To try to address this issue, Kieswetter says that SARS is ramping up efforts aimed at rooting out corruption. This includes signing a memorandum of understanding with the NPA to speed up the processing of corruption cases.

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