Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced an inquiry into tax administration at the South African Revenue Service. A judge will lead the inquiry into SARS, which President Jacob Zuma has approved.
SARS fell R13 billion short of its tax collection target in the first quarter of this year. Gigaba says the probe may help to reduce under-collection.
Both the commissioner and I we’re concerned that we need to undertake this process in order to try and get to the bottom of the issues, and if there are any recommendations which must be made to SARS they will then be made and we will implement them. Whether the commission will be shrouded in secrecy, the commission is not being appointed by the revenue service is being appointed by the minister of finance and so we will deal with all the modalities pertaining to the commission at the time when that announcement of the details is being made.”