Sars collects over R1bn from non-compliant taxpayers

File: SARS says it is happy with the R1-billion it has managed to collect from non-compliant taxpayers.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has collected over R1-billion from taxpayers through its special voluntary disclosure programme.

The tax collector said it is very happy with the results of the programme. 

SARS hopes that money will promote socio-economic development in the country.

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Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan introduced the programme in 2016.

It gives non-compliant taxpayers a chance to voluntarily disclose offshore assets and income.

Taxpayers who missed the deadline for offshore tax relief can still do so under the normal Voluntary Disclosure Programme.

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