ShapeShifter

Sars acting Commissioner Mark Kingon wants tax to be boring. It won't be easy

Mark Kingon, acting Commissioner at the South African Revenue Services (Sars).

[How does one keep one's nose clean in a toxic environment?] You simply abide by the law.

Mark Kingon, Sars

I started at Sars as a 19 year old…

Mark Kingon, Sars

I don’t know what’s made me stick it out… It is a meaningful thing for me… It’s a calling.

Mark Kingon, Sars

Mark Kingon wants tax to be boring again.

Good luck to him; it won’t be easy.

Kingon has served at the South African Revenue Services for 34 years in legal roles as well as within the executive.

Last year Jacques Pauw revealed in the bestselling “The President’s Keepers" how Kingon sparred with Jacob Zuma in order for him to pay his taxes.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Kingon for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

I was born and bred in Pretoria… I battled to speak Afrikaans…

Mark Kingon, Sars

Tax is fun! It’s something in your blood… it is amazing! The various aspects… in a weird way, it’s fun!

Mark Kingon, Sars

We’re not such ogres!

Mark Kingon, Sars

I’m not a political animal… We started under the Nationalist government, and that had its challenges… it continues to be difficult, but it’s still fun.

Mark Kingon, Sars

The key thing is… treat people with respect… we try to serve to get them to comply… it’s only the last part where we haul out the stick… Compliance is driven by the service I offer… There are areas in terms of administration that we can improve on… Compliance is also driven by perceptions of misspending of money…

Mark Kingon, Sars

Any person guilty of an offence… I can’t have them in my employ!

Mark Kingon, Sars

My Minister keeps reminding me about the R1.345 trillion... We have to find a way… I want to improve service… I really want people to see professionalism in my organisation…

Mark Kingon, Sars

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