zero vat

The National Treasury has asked for your comment or suggestion on the report by the Independent Panel on the review of the current list of items that are zero-rated for VAT.

The recently released report also recommends strengthening the National School Nutrition Programme and increasing the Child Support Grant and Old Age Pension.

Should you be unsure, please read the live comments, summary, media or resource documents below the form.  Closing date is 31 August 2018.

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Do you agree with the recommended zero-rated VAT items? (see summary below)
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Yes I do
Yes I do
I think some of those Items should not be taxed and school nutrition it's the best thing ever happen to young students they should increase it and grants as well
Yes I do
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an increase in an over financially burdened society is going to increase the level of poverty, unemployment and inequity. These are the tree challenges that must be attended to and not put paraffin to fire. society is overstretched and this 15% increase is final blow us. Although Treasury is trying to relieve or exempt certain item from this ridiculous vat increase, I don't believe its a way to address the massive corruption and illicit flow of finance out of the country. all we have to do is to work on retrieving money stolen from our public purse.
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all basics products should be zero-rated and not only food. if it is a basic that has to be used it should be zero rated. Some additional products should also be zero toilet paper (but obviously not luxury toilet paper.
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All fresh fruit and veggies, meat except possessed meat, milk and bread.

Force schools to only sell healthy foods in the cafeteria, not all fried and sweets. No health muffins, fruit, health bars, etc are available at any schools tuck shop. How can we teach our kids to eat healthy, if the schools do not support this.
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The department of health has been promoting healthy eating habits as we are a largely obese nation. Fruits and vegetables that are grown locally should be zero-rated. Staples like maize meal, rice, samp, etc. should be zero-rated. Sanitary towels should be added to the list and government should have initiaves like the condoms in every public & private bathroom. These should be donated to schools. Certain types of baby diapers and baby milk should be zero-rated as we cannot afford to buy these things as one packet does not even last a month.


After VAT increased to 15%, concern about the impact on poor households led the Minister of Finance to appoint a panel of experts to evaluate the current list of zero-VAT items and consider including extra items to lessen the impact of the VAT increase on the poor.

The recently released report also recommended strengthening the National School Nutrition Programme and increasing the Child Support Grant and Old Age Pension.

The report recommended adding these items for zero-VAT rating:

  • Sanitary products
  • White bread, bread flour and cake flour
  • School uniforms
  • Nappies (including cloth and adult nappies)

The report suggests possible alternatives to VAT zero rating including:

  • Lower positive VAT rates on some items
  • Increases in all the monthly social grants, including the old age social pension
  • Food vouchers – where cash grants might not be feasible or practical
  • Upscaling the various feeding schemes (e.g. the National Schools Feeding Scheme, including pre-school (ECD))
  • The provision of free sanitary pads to girls and poor women.

Consider the following;

  • Will the recommendations significantly benefit poor households, or could such benefit be achieved through other means, for example, through government expenditure programmes?
  • Have all significant aspects of the revised terms of reference dated 29 May 2018 been explored in the report?
  • Are the panel’s recommendations consistent with other relevant government policy objectives (e.g. that the food items recommended for zero-rating are consistent with the Department of Health’s policy on nutrition)?
  • Are the recommendations consistent with the fiscal framework adopted by Parliament?



Download the Expert Panel’s Report of Recommendations made to the Minister of Finance

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