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Any tax hurts the poor the most

 22 Jun 17
Low-growth and the resulting decrease in government revenue around the world, but especially in South Africa, has led to increased calls for higher taxes on the rich.…

FAIS: Debarring representatives violates the Rule of Law

 14 Jun 17
The provision of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act of 2002 (“FAIS”) that vests in employers the power and obligation to banish (“debar”) financial-services representatives from the entire industry, has the effect of discriminating…

Media release: Work FIVE more days in 2017 than 2015 to pay for government spending

25 May 17   FMF Media Release
Thursday, 25 May 2017, is Tax Freedom Day (TFD). Five days later than in 2015 and six weeks later than in 1994.…

South Africa sacrifices peace, justice and good governance to State Owned Enterprises

23 May 17   Garth Zietsman
The trend worldwide is for wealthier countries to have large governments. South Africa has a government larger than expected and still growing steadily.…

Countdown to Tax Freedom Day 2017

18 May 17   Garth Zietsman
When will Tax Freedom Day 2017 fall? Watch this space!…

Business Day column: Difficult times do not turn a bad budget into a good one

08 Mar 17   Leon Louw
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan addresses a briefing ahead of his budget speech.…

Predicted Tax Freedom Day 2017 in light of budget speech

01 Mar 17   Garth Zietsman
Tax Freedom Day, this year, will be on 23 May – two days later than last year.…

National Treasury’s "Twin Peaks": Another calamity in the making

28 Nov 16   Robert W Vivian
National Treasury recently released its Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA), a kind of cost-benefit analysis, on the Financial Sector Regulation Bill (FSR), the so-called "Twin Peaks" Bill currently before Parliament.…

Twin Peaks; twin fallacies

20 Jul 16   Chris Hattingh
Are National Treasury and the Financial Services Board once again attempting to stampede Parliament?…