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Minister Malusi Gigaba

Budget 2018: Anticipated VAT shocks – another blow to an already bruised taxpayer

By Hermann Marais, associate, Tax practice at Bowmans. Potential VAT increases have been discussed for several years, despite being politically sensitive. The urgency for an increase in the VAT rate escalated towards the end of 2017 when Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba announced in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement that there would be a ZAR 50.8 […]

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Budget 2018: Treasury faces biggest challenge yet

The National Treasury has never before had such a big challenge as it does this year in having to plug a seemingly continuously growing funding gap in its Budget vote later this month, from a shrinking pool of resources. It may be left with little choice but to squeeze the trusty ‘golden goose’ even further. […]

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Will the Finance Minister increase the VAT rate?

The question on everyone’s lips ahead of the Budget Review is whether the Minister of Finance will announce an increase in the VAT rate,  and if so, what that increase will be? (more…)

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Minister Malusi Gigaba

Treasury confirms resignation of Michael Sachs

National Treasury confirms the resignation of its Deputy Director-General: Budget Office, Michael Sachs. “Mr Sachs has expressed his interest to serve the public sector in a different capacity,” its statement, issued on Monday afternoon, said. “Mr Sachs will not be leaving National Treasury immediately to ensure a proper handover to another senior official and to […]

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Minister Malusi Gigaba

Minister of Finance requests setting up of inquiry into SARS

The Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba has approached President Jacob Zuma for an urgent establishment of an inquiry into the tax administration and governance of the South African Revenue Service (SARS). The President has acceded to the request. In a statement this afternoon, the Minister said that the Commission will be established soon and its […]

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Mike Teuchert, National Head of Taxation at Mazars

Tax increases may not be enough

The possible tax increases hinted at during last week’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) are likely to do very little to decrease Treasury’s R50.8 billion revenue shortfall – and may in fact ensure that even less revenue is collected next year. (more…)

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MTBPS likely to lead to rating downgrades before year end

by Johann Els – Senior Economist at Old Mutual Investment Group. Minister Gigaba’s first Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement missed the mark completely, raising the deficit and debt targets substantially without a plan to bring them back over the medium-term expenditure framework. (more…)

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Nazmeera Moola, co-Head of Fixed Income, Investec Asset Management

MTBPS paints bleak picture

The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba, paints a bleak picture: the expenditure ceiling has been breached, there is no primary surplus and debt and guarantees combined are above 60% of GDP.  Not only is the market likely to hate it, but Standard & Poor’s may well downgrade […]

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