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Sars doesn’t detect any sign of tax revolting

The chair of the tax commission said greater levels of corruption mean greater chances of a tax revolt.

FILE: Chair of the tax commission Judge Dennis Davis said there was a risk of a tax revolt because so much money was wasted on corruption. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) says it doesn't detect any signs of a tax revolt as over three million people have already filed their tax returns for the current year.

Yesterday, chair of the tax commission Judge Dennis Davis said there was a risk of a tax revolt because so much money was wasted on corruption.

Davis also said the greater the level of corruption, the greater the chance of a tax revolt.

But Sars spokesperson Sandile Memela says people are filing their tax returns during the tax season.

"We are very proud to say our citizens have come forward to pay their taxes and they continue to. In fact we expect a dramatic rise in the last couple of days or two weeks [of the tax return season]."

At the same time, the revenue services says that it understands that there's a link between how people perceive government and whether they pay their taxes.

Memela says the situation is very different to what happened in Greece where people just stopped paying tax.

"It's because people were dissatisfied and unhappy with what the government was doing and they ended up withdrawing their taxes. Everybody knows that it is history what has happened in Greece, but we continue to educate and inform our people about their responsibility in paying tax."