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Most favoured nation clauses

'Most favoured nation' clauses can be found in Double Taxation Agreements (DTA). These clauses are essentially where the tax treatment accorded by one state to another state must be no less favourable than the tax treatment extended to a third state.

Increasing focus on environmental taxes

Climate change and global warming are issues that have long been debated. Predictions as far back as 1982 regarding increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide are proving true.

Be cyber vigilant during tax season

The South African tax season for non-provisional individuals kicks off next month. With the South African Revenue Service (SARS) pushing for the use of its online eFiling service, we are cautioning people to be on the look out for an increase in tax scams.

Doing nothing is sheer folly!

A taxpayer who disputes a tax assessment has processes available in the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (Act) to contest the assessment. It is sheer folly for a taxpayer who contests an assessment not to avail himself of the mechanisms in the Act timeously.

Call for higher taxes is misguided

A small group of naïve billionaires in the United States are lining up begging for higher taxes on the super rich. I say naïve because they itemise a whole list of problems they imagine can be solved with this additional tax. The whole thing reminds me of the history of foreign aid in Africa.

SARS clarifies what transport services ‘rendered by the employer’ means

To assist employers and employees with over-coming transport-related difficulties, the Income Tax Act introduced a mechanism to allow employers to provide transport services to their employees and that, although qualifying as a taxable fringe benefit in the employees' hands, no taxable value was given to such benefit. 

Get your PBO application right

There are tax benefits for registering a non-profit organisation as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with the South African Revenue Service (SARS), whether such organisation is a non-profit company, trust or association.

Carbon tax changes to customs and excise laws

On 22 May 2019, the President assented to the Carbon Tax Act, 15 of 2019 (Carbon Tax Act), effective from 1 June 2019. The Carbon Tax Act has been implemented as part of South Africa's commitments under the Paris Agreement as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the challenges of climate change.

Taxpayers urged to know their obligations

In light of the recent announcement that the tax return threshold will be lifted from R350,000 to R500,000, it is crucial for South Africans to fully educate themselves on their filing obligations, or risk incurring possible fines by the South African Revenue service (SARS).

Navigating the carbon tax laws

The Carbon Tax Act 15 of 2019 (Carbon Tax Act), the Customs and Excise Act 91 of 1964 (Customs Act) and the Customs and Excise Amendment Act 13 of 2019 (Customs Amendment Act) pose numerous uncertainties on the road to implementation of carbon tax.  We have mapped out below a pathway to assist taxpayers in navigating the complex statutes regulating carbon tax.
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