Former Washington correspondent, Tian Wei’s statement that “any society that fails to harness the energy and creativity of its women is at a huge disadvantage”, is a sad indictment of the prejudicial discrimination that women may face, particularly in South Africa, one of the most unequal countries in the world, according to Statistics South Africa.
Although gender inequality is a universal topic that affects both women and men, We are inclined to overlook the impact of tax legislation and the deprived position in which women find themselves because of them.
The Income Tax Act 58 of 1962, the VAT Act 89 of 1991, and the Customs and Excise Act 91 of 1964 are a few examples of the types of tax in South Africa. During the apartheid years, the tax system was made up of several explicit elements of gender discrimination. The tax schedules defined a ‘married person’ as male, and ‘married women’ fell under a separate category.
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