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BARNARD MOFOKENG | Extend oil rebates to other sectors, not just to Eskom

More businesses should be able to claim tax rebates on fuel

Eskom has the privilege to claim rebates for every litre of diesel it buys and uses to manage the energy crisis through the VAT system from the SA Revenue Service (Sars). In terms of the Customs and Excise Act, Eskom claims back from Sars the fuel and Road Accident Fund (RAF) levies imposed on every litre of diesel it purchases.

This means Eskom can claim at least R3.65 on every litre of diesel it uses for its gas turbines. Eskom claimed diesel rebates of R799m in 2020 and R1.6bn in 2021. This is some of the money it used to keep its business operating...

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