publication . Article . Preprint . Research . 2006

Recent Findings on Tax-Related Regulatory Burden on SMMEs in South Africa. Literature Review and Policy Options

Chamberlain, Doubell; Smith, Anja;
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2006 Journal: SSRN Electronic Journal (eissn: 1556-5068, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Elsevier BV
  • Country: South Africa
Regulatory compliance costs impose a deadweight burden on firms and therefore should be minimised. In achieving this goal, it is necessary to embrace a process of smart regulation, rather than focus on deregulation. Tax compliance cost is one type of regulatory costs that is often viewed to have a large negative impact on SMMEs. To gauge the impact of this cost on small business in South Africa, this document reviews three available studies on the impact of tax compliance costs on South African SMMEs. The three studies reviewed are: • Counting the Cost of Red Tape for Business in South Africa by SBP (2005); • Measurement of Value Added Tax Act and Regional Servi...
free text keywords: SMMEs, Regulatory compliance costs, tax compliance costs [South Africa], Legislation, Business, Deregulation, Small business, business.industry, Compliance cost, Value-added tax, Public economics, Tax reform, Government, Revenue, jel:A1
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