National Treasury and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) have published the annual Tax Statistics for 2020.
The 2020 edition provides an overview of tax revenue collections and tax return information for the 2016 to 2019 tax years, as well as the 2015/16 to 2019/2020 fiscal years.
The highlights of the statistics include:
- Tax revenue collected amounted to R1 355.8 billion, growing year-on-year by R68.1 billion (5.3%), mainly supported by Personal Income Tax (PIT) which grew by R35.3 billion (7.2%).
- 1,776,301 (40.9%) of assessed taxpayers were registered in Gauteng;
- 580,464 of assessed taxpayers lived in the Johannesburg Metro and were taxed on an average taxable income of R512,785;
- 1,171,410 (27.0%) of assessed taxpayers were aged between 35 to 44 years;
- 2,352,902 (54.2%) of assessed taxpayers were male and 1,985,021 (45.8%) were female;
- The assessed taxpayers had aggregate taxable income of R1.6 trillion and a tax liability of R360 billion. Their average tax rate was 22.5% compared to 21.6% in the previous tax year;
- Income from salaries, wages and other remuneration, as well as pension, overtime and annuities, accounted for 77.6% of total taxable income;
- Out of the 780,480 companies assessed as at the end of July 2020 for tax year 2018, 25.2% had positive taxable income;
- 46.6% had taxable income equal to zero and the remaining 28.2% reported an assessed loss.