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Google vice president Matt Brittin (right) and John Dixon, Ernst and Young’s head of tax (left), giving evidence to a Public Accounts Committee on tax avoidance in 2013. PA / PA Archive

How governments are helping big companies pay less tax

Governments may pledge to stop big companies from exploiting tax avoidance loopholes, but are they being honest?
The poor and the middle class will be the hardest hit if the South African government increases the value-added tax. Shutterstock

South Africa needs to raise taxes: why a VAT increase would be a bad idea

The South African government should weigh its decision carefully whether to increase value added tax (VAT) as indirect taxes fall most heavily on the poor and the middle class.

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