Wealth Tax counter-productive, will lead to Capital Flight
1 June 2017
The Cape Chamber of Commerce has told the Davis Tax Commission that the introduction of a wealth tax would be counter-productive and lead to capital flight.
Instead measures to stimulate the economy, broaden the very narrow tax base were needed rather not new measures with additional administration costs. “It is also vital that tax revenue is spent more efficiently and is seen to produce value for money,” said Ms Janine Myburgh, President of the Chamber.
She pointed out that the Tax Ombudsman, Judge Bernard Ngoepe, had warned recently “If we don’t spend tax prudently then people will begin to justify their reluctance to pay tax.”
South African business men were being courted by countries like Mauritius and Cyprus where tax rates were low. The Africa 2016 Wealth Report said about 240 South African dollar millionaires moved to Mauritius between 2007 and 2015.