- Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa
- South Africa
At present VAT is charged on many products and services for babies and children under 5 in south Africa, one of very few countries doing this.
For examlple, 14% of the shelf price of infant formula, nappies (diapers), baby clothing and medicinal products like colic drops.
These goods are already almost beyond the financial reach of most of the population. The government's taxation of these products highlights its nonchalance regarding the welfare of children.
We call upon the Honourable Minister of Finance to end taxation of products intended for babies and children under 5 years of age:
-infant formula milk
-solid and semi-solid baby food
-pharmaceuticals for babies
-basic clothing and winter shoes for babies and small children
The Stop tax on baby products in South Africa petition to Minister of Finance of the Republic of South Africa was written by Richard Sherman and is in the category Children's Rights at GoPetition.