Sipho Mabena
Premium Journalist
3 minute read
4 May 2021
7:21 pm

Will ANC account for alleged tax fraud linked to employee salaries?

Sipho Mabena

Experts warn that failure to take action against the governing party for its alleged PAYE fraud could lead to reduced tax morality.

File picture. General views of the African National Congress (ANC) headquarters Luthuli House in Johannesburg, 9 December 2020. Picture: Michel Bega

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) must get tough with the ANC over the party's alleged R17 million tax bill trickery, with experts saying this will drive home the sting of the legal implications of non-compliance and in turn inspire tax morality. Insiders allege that the party is sitting on a massive tax bill, which includes millions of rands in pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) tax, which was deducted from salaries, but not paid to Sars. In terms of the Income Tax Act, this action is a criminal offence punishable by prison time. Reports suggest that the cash-strapped ANC had an R80 million...