The current undercollection of South African Revenue Service’s (SARS) revenue, prompts the question whether South Africans are paying their taxes that are due or whether there is perhaps a silent rebellion due to a lack of trust. President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his state of the nation address, stressed the importance of taxpayers when it came to regaining trust in SARS. This will ultimately result in an increase in revenue collection. Ramaphosa is to appoint a commission of inquiry into tax administration and governance at SARS in order to restore the high regard in which SARS was held by taxpayers. The government "will take steps to stabilise and strengthen vital institutions" such as SARS, he said. However, must SARS take all the blame for the low tax morality? Ramaphosa highlighted that "tax morality is reliant on an implicit contract between taxpayers and government", and an essential part of this contract is that "state spending provides value for money and is free from corruptio...

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