The five major sources of revenue for the government in South Africa

The government has financial budgets that are counted by billions of rands every year. Where is this money coming from? On this page we find out what the five major sources of revenue for the government of South Africa are?

List of the five major sources of revenue for the government of South Africa

List of the five major sources of revenue for the government of South Africa
List of the five major sources of revenue for the government of South Africa

The South African government’s income comes mainly from taxes. The four biggest sources are:

  • Personal income tax (29% of government income): Income tax is paid by everybody who earns a regular wage or salary. Richer people pay a higher percentage of their income as tax and once a person earns below a certain amount they pay no income tax.
  • Company tax (27% of government income): All registered companies have to pay 29% of their profits as company tax.
  • Value added tax (VAT – 26% of government income): All people in South Africa pay 14% VAT on any item that they buy unless that item is exempted from VAT (like bread, fresh vegetables and paraffin.) Many people think that poor people do not pay tax, but VAT is the one form of tax that they make a big contribution to.
  • Customs and Excise (5%): When you import things from other countries you have to pay a set amount in import duties or tax. The reason for this is to protect jobs in South Africa. If we could import cheap things without paying any tax on them, then South African companies that make the same products would suffer.

Also read:Where does the South African government get money to create an infrastructure?

The South African government also gets its money through its local government structures. The local government gets most of its income from selling electricity and water and from a special tax on property called `property rates’.

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