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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Do you agree with the recommended alternatives? (see summary below)
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Yes I do
Yes I do
I agree with the zero rated items and especially as alternative the voucher system. I do not agree with increase in the child grant system. There should be a limit on how many child grants should be given to a family, as we are in a serious overpopulation stage and we should definitely not reward people for having more children.
Yes I do
Not fully
response on Q2:
Before gov goes and increases the costs handed to Mothers or caregivers, please check the already implemented system and analyze its effectiveness. Rather check best practices of foreign countries and measure them against the effectiveness of ours. Rather spend on improving the system before increasing the hand outs
Yes I do
Not fully
Funding Child Grants have lead to many women, having children then dropping them off with whomever they can find to con. The child grant is collected by most mothers and used for other purposes than supporting the child. This has resulted in a high disregard for the actual intent. Unwanted children are paying the price and will be the failing result of a future generation.

I fully agree with increasing payments to Pensioners as they are the backbone of society and have given all their years in raising our country to the level it is today.

Yet on the pathetic income received, many go to bed/floor without eating.

Look to Germany and their programs on respect and care for the elderly and implement their systems which will benefit all sections of society
Yes I do
No I do not
S.A. Is already on the brink of bankruptcy and one push with more corruption will put us on a never return to regain a prosperous economy!
Take the high salaries to a lower level and make sure the responsible person's do well and bring the economy back to help the Poor!
Yes I do
No I do not
South Africa is always on the level next to recession, obviously an ordinary citizen can not afford 15% tax. Due to corruption the government have to take fully responsibility to recapture the stollen money through without the ordinary citizen's life.



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

Download Treasury’s media statement


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