Sars targets religious entities

The South African Revenue Service has its eye on untaxed religious organisations.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has its eye on tax exempted churches.

Religious entities are not liable for income tax in South Africa and enjoy substantial tax benefits, including receiving breaks on donations.

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Salaried employees of religious organisations are liable for their income and Sars further explained their position in an interview on eNCA.

Sars acting commissioner, Mark Kingon spoke on the powers of Sars.

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"Any taxpayer who is receiving benefits, whether it is by donations for services rendered, in some form or other whether they are getting benefits with cars or aircraft or any other form, are they paying their rightful tax?

"We are simply trying to ensure that whoever receives income is paying their correct tax."


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