Where has all the tax money gone?

Sars announced last year that it had collected more tax money than it expected.

Sars announced last year that it had collected more tax money than it expected.

Sars even thanked taxpayers for their commitment to pay tax. Pravin Gordhan, the Sars commissioner, said then they had collected R17billion more in taxes than they had budgeted for in the first six months and they were expecting to recover about R40billion by the time they finished collecting taxes. So what happened to that money?

Why not give teachers, nurses and the police an increase. These vital sectors have been forced to consider striking to get their salaries increased.

If there is so much money in the state coffers then why do they have to strike? Why is there no money to pay teachers, nurses and police decent salaries?

Why do they have to strike before they get extra money?

It is not hard to do a couple of calculations here. If there was an over recovery of tax money nine months ago, what happened to the money? Was it spent? If yes, on what?

Few would object to paying tax if the money was spent efficiently on growing the economy and creating jobs.

But many question whether this is where our tax money is actually being spent.

Brian Goodall, Johannesburg

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