For taxpayers, the most anticipated part of Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget Speech was whether income tax would be increased or decreased – and by how much. But paying taxes is not just about you, it’s also about the contribution that you make to keep the country running.

To help you understand how your taxes are spent, Code for South Africa developed a Tax Clock to show on a very personal level what your tax is being spent on.

A free online tool, it shows users how much of their work day is spent working to pay tax and how much is spent working for themselves.

The tool is intended to be educational - part of Code for South Africa’s mandate of promoting informed decision making to drive positive social change and support active citizenry.

This tool is free to publish, along with the accompanying article included below.

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The following story accompanies the tax clock and can be published with it:

Working for The Man - and for yourself

By Lenina Rassool

When you're putting in long hours at work, you're not just working for yourself.

The fact is that unless you're ducking and diving and breaking the law, you're also working to pay your share of taxes that help keep the country running.

But what are you actually paying for?

The Tax Clock, an online tool developed by Code for South Africa, a civic tech organisation that promotes informed decision-making for positive social change, offers an interesting view of your tax contribution.

It calculates minute-by-minute the time you spend contributing to government services, such as education, health or national debt - and the time that you're working for yourself.

Adi Eyal, Director of Code for South Africa, says the Tax Clock is an opportunity for people to engage with the budget through the money they earn - and the tax they pay.

"When the budget comes out, people are usually only interested in how much they will be paying and if there are any rebates they can get. But they don't engage with what the budget is really about," he said.

"The budget is a statement of intent by government that says what our priorities are, and what we are going to spend your money on. So it's important for people to understand what they are working for. The Tax Clock will show them how they have contributed toward things like education or helped pay off national debt in a day."

The Tax Clock incorporates up-to-date personal tax details from Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's 2016 Budget speech delivered in Parliament on February 24.

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