New Sars boss promises change - but with care

31 March 2019 - 05:00 By ASHA SPECKMAN

When Edward Kieswetter assumes his new role as commissioner of the South African Revenue Service (Sars) on May 1, his immediate challenge will be to improve tax compliance and revenues and to restore public trust in the agency, which has been rocked by corruption and mismanagement that led to President Cyril Ramaphosa firing the previous commissioner, Tom Moyane, late last year.
Although under Moyane tax revenue reached a R1-trillion milestone, the revenue service consistently reported shortfalls and missed revenue targets.
Tomorrow, acting commissioner Mark Kingon will present the preliminary tax revenue collection results for the 2018/2019 year. Sars is then expected to report a shortfall. The National Treasury estimated in the 2019 Budget Review that the revenue shortfall would be R48.2bn for 2018/2019.

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