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How much you pay in tax each time you put in petrol

South African motorists who fill up a 50-litre fuel tank with 95 petrol will pay R313 in taxes from this week.

This follows recent hikes in the price of petrol, along with increases in fuel taxes.

The Department of Energy announced at the start of the month that fuel price hikes would take place on 7 April, and would be as follows:

  • Petrol 95 – Increase of R1.00 per litre
  • Petrol 93 – Increase of 95 cents per litre
  • Diesel 0.05% – Increase of 65 cents per litre
  • Diesel 0.005% – Increase of 63 cents per litre
  • Illuminating Paraffin – Increase of 35 cents per litre

On top of this, new tax hikes also kicked in during April.

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced an increase in fuel taxes as part of his 2021 budget speech in February, which are:

  • General Fuel Levy – 15c per litre increase
  • Road Accident Fund Levy – 11c per litre increase

He added that carbon taxes will also be increased from 7 April 2021.

The levy for 2021 will increase by 1c to 8c per litre for petrol and 9c per litre for diesel from, stated Mboweni’s budget plans.

How much tax you are paying

To see how much tax you pay each time you fill up your car, BusinessTech calculated a breakdown based on information published by the government.

Using a litre of 95 petrol at inland pricing for this example, a breakdown of the taxes are detailed below:

  • Fuel Levy – R3.93 per litre
  • Road Accident Fund Levy – R2.18 per litre
  • Customs and Excise – 4 cents per litre
  • Demand-Side Management Levy – 10 cents per litre
  • Other Levies – 1 cent per litre

This adds up to taxes of R6.26 per litre of 95 petrol – with the total price at the pumps for one litre of petrol now R17.32.

For a car which uses a 50-litre tank, filling it up will see you pay R866 in total – with R313 of that going to taxes.

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