The cost of tax compliance has recently been in the spotlight as SARS’ revenues have fallen and pressure is mounting on taxpayers to spend even more time on tax compliance. Reducing these costs will have beneficial effects on the economy:
- As costs of compliance fall SARS revenues should increase, lessening future tax hikes
- Low tax compliance costs will encourage investment in South Africa
- It will allow business to focus more on their business which in turn should stimulate job growth.
It would be extremely useful to see what South Africans (individuals, small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and larger corporates) think about tax compliance in terms of the time involved and costs. SAICA has initiated a survey on this important topic.
There are three major cost components to tax compliance:
- Internal costs of your staff completing tax returns, making payments and responding to SARS queries;
- Costs of using tax professionals to assist with the above processes; and
- Other costs such as travel claims and using software to compile tax returns.
Quantifying these costs will enable SAICA to get a composite picture of time spent and tax compliance costs, and to use this data to analyse how to drive these costs down. With statistically valid data, SAICA can lobby government to take action to reduce compliance time and costs.
Of particular interest is that this survey will form a baseline against which future measures can be scientifically evaluated as to how effective they are.
Help reduce tax compliance time and costs
Why not let your voice be heard and participate in the survey? Read the “Participant Information Sheet” and find the link for the survey on SAICA’s website here.
On page 2 of the letter click on the relevant category:
- SME; or
- Large corporate.
Make your voice heard and ensure that there is a statistically valid sample so that concrete measures can be taken to reduce tax compliance time and costs.
Please note that the closing date to complete the survey is March 30th.
This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied upon as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your financial adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)