New pet tax has South African dog owners barking mad

Government has pushed through a last minute tax on pets to be implemented from 1 April 2018, which will see pet owners pay a monthly levy for domesticated animals under their care.

The National Kitten, Avarian and Dog Levy Amendment was confirmed by home affairs’ portfolio committee on Friday after it was published in the Government Gazette for public comment only a month ago.

The new levy is among a raft of new tax rates for South Africans that come into effect from today, for the financial the 2018/19 tax year, as was announced in the 2018 Budget Speech.

It is hoped that these taxes will be used to help plug the major budget shortfall facing the economy.

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To avoid disadvantaging poorer households, pet owners will be taxed based on the size of their primary…

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