SARS Walk-For-Tax to take place in Free State

SARS took to the streets of Pretoria in July to launch Tax Season 2016 with 1200 staff members walking through Pretoria CBD to create awareness on all things tax. Photo:

Free State and Northern Cape South African Revenue Service (SARS) employees will stage a Walk for Tax in Bloemfontein on Saturday, 20 August 2016.

The Free State Walk-For-Tax will kick off at Hoffman Square, in Charlotte Maxeke Street in Bloemfontein from 08:30AM.

The initiative forms part of a nationwide drive to demonstrate the commitment and readiness of SARS staff to provide excellent service to taxpayers – and deliver on its mandate of collecting all the money that is due to the fiscus.

During the 11 km walk – symbolising the target of R1.175 trillion that SARS is expected to collect by 31 March 2017 – employees will hand out useful tax information to members of the public, vendors, and informal traders.

The Bloemfontein Walk-for-Tax is the third leg of the national initiative. Similar tax walks took place in Pretoria on 01 July, when SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane launched Tax Season 2016, and in a Durban earlier this month.

Commissioner Moyane said the aim of the initiative is to create awareness about the importance of tax payment.

“Paying tax is cool because it is the highest form of patriotism where individuals and companies make a direct contribution toward the improvement of quality of life for all the citizens of our country.

“Above all, Walk-for-Tax aims to demonstrate to South Africa that SARS is ready to serve taxpayers during Tax Season and reach new revenue collection heights”.

“With these walks, we declare in each of our ten regions that SARS is at the service of the nation and we encourage everyone to be compliant,” said Moyane.

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