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Sars: VAT hike to benefit South Africans in long-term

The 1% increase from 14% to 15% kicked in on 1 April.

Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While consumers are asked to tighten their belts with the latest increase in value added tax (VAT), the South African Revenue Service (Sars) says the long-term economic gains will benefit South Africans.

The 1% increase from 14% to 15% kicked in on 1 April.

This is the first hike in 25 years.

The increase in VAT will cause consumers to dig deeper into their pockets as taxable goods and services will cost 8% more.

According to the National Agricultural Marketing Council, a basic 28-item food basket will cost consumers over R800. Twelve of these items are not zero rated, meaning they’re subject to VAT.

Last week, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene ordered a review of zero rated items. However, Sars says this decision is only likely to be processed in Parliament after July.

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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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