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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.…

Media release: FMF, COSATU and the ANCWL agree on taxes – that’s radical

 07 Jun 17
The Free Market Foundation (FMF) has opposed the idea of a sugar tax since it was first conceived and championed by health minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi.…

The first step to growth: Reject pseudo-economics

31 May 17   Martin van Staden
Murray Rothbard, economist and political philosopher, wrote in an essay that there is nothing wrong with being ignorant of economics, given the science’s specialised and often complex nature.…

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!…

Taxi drivers call for higher consumer prices

15 Mar 17   Chris Hattingh
On 10 March, the metered taxi drivers took to the streets of Johannesburg and severely impacted traffic to and from O R Tambo International Airport.…

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.…

How will the proposed sugar tax impact spaza shops which employ 360,000 people and rely on soft drink sales?

21 Sep 16   Chris Hattingh
The next Coca Cola you drink will cost you more. So, too, will that energy drink you down after a hard workout.…

Sugar tax will be borne by the poor

24 Aug 16   Garth Zietsman
In his budget speech this year, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced a tax of 20% on high sugar soft drinks scheduled to start on 1 April 2017.…

Piketty recommends a worldwide 80 percent tax rate

13 Jul 16   Chris Hattingh
Capital in the Twenty-First Century, Thomas Piketty’s popular socio-economic analysis of the state of the world, views capitalism as a deeply flawed socio-economic system.…