- Jonas Makwakwa reportedly received a big bonus in the previous financial year
- Commissioner, Tom Moyane, denied the claims of a bonus
- But, it was later admitted that Makwakwa received R930 00 before his suspension
Tom Moyane, commissioner for the South African Revenue Service, maintains that no bonus was paid out Jonas Makwakwa.
Makwakwa, who was second in command at SARS, was reinstated this month after being suspended in September 2016.
His temporary removal followed the transfer of R1.3m into his bank accounts, as well as that of SARS employee Kelly-Ann Elskie, who is his girlfriend
Reports suggest in the previous financial year, before his suspension, Makwakwa received a bonus of R1 million.
But, Moyane claims that Makwakwa did not receive any bonus whatsoever in the year he was investigated.
Moyane’s unambiguous counterstatement resulted in the committee’s dismay. The reason for their concern being that the R930 000 bonus paid to Makwakwa is indicated in SARS’ 2015/16 financial statements.
Briefly.co.za gathered that a SARS official explained Makwakwa received the bonus before his suspension.
Moyane also denied accusations that SARS held back taxpayers’ returns to assist in achieving the revenue collection objectives.
According to reports, in the former financial year, SARS gathered more than R1 trillion.
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Moyane claimed that it would not have been possible to achieve the high amount needed to achieve the revenue’s target, by withholding refunds.
A representative for the tax ombudsman’s office said it is impossible to say if SARS intentionally withheld refunds, as the terms of reference for its recent investigation of taxpayers’ complaints did not include this.
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