Fighting government tax abuse in South Africa

Outa has changed its name to Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse, and expanded its fight to challenge poor governance, maladministration, and corruption.

Outa was established in 2012, and had been focused on fighting e-tolling in Gauteng.

“It is a matter which we do not intend to halt on, until the scheme has been abolished in favour of a more efficient, rational, and lowest cost option such as the fuel levy,” said Outa.

Outa said there has been a call for it to expand its fight to other areas of tax abuse and corruption in South Africa.

Outa subsequently agreed to broaden its scope by “investigating, engaging, and holding the authorities to account for actions which transgress South Africans’ constitutional rights”.

“We will take these matters seriously and, if needs be, spearhead litigation against corruption and blatant maladministration by individuals.”

Outa will do this through a process of crowdfunding and democratic participative engagement with the public who enroll as contributing members of Outa.

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Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage said they will use their expertise to challenge unfair and poorly-executed tax policies.

He said the government often introduces new taxes, like the carbon tax and plastic bag tax, but that the intended plans for these taxes are never realised.

“All we want to see is that taxation is just, rational, and not wasteful, and that the tax money does not disappear into a hole,” Duvenage told Business Day TV.

Duvenage said Outa will attempt to aid the Public Protector, and that civil society action is a powerful tool in the fight against corruption.

He said South Africans cannot wait for elections to change the government’s thinking, and that effective civil action is needed to hold politicians and civil servants to account.

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