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Tips for the nervous tax payer

We were asked what Mr Edward Kieswetter’s first actions should be when he takes over the reins at SARS on 1 May. The answer for us was a no-brainer, crack down on those implicated in the State Capture Inquiry, starting with the beans spilled on Bosasa.  

Tax Freedom Day 2019

Before you earn a cent, government takes a chunk out of your pay packet in taxes. Today, Saturday 18 May, marks Tax Freedom Day 2019 - the day from when the money you earn belongs to you to fund your and your families' activities and wellbeing.

Levy income and the tax exemption for residential estates

The levy income of a body corporate, share block or an association of persons, such as a home owners association ('residential estate'), is exempt from income tax by virtue of section 10(1)(e) of the Income Tax Act.However, not all income received by a residential estate is exempt from tax, only levy income. SARS recently published a new Interpretation Note 64 on the levy exemption.

BOOK REVIEW | How to get a SARS refund for small...

The tax implications of running a business are not widely taught in the South African education system. This is why many entrepreneurs are not well equipped to deal with the taxation side of their businesses in an informed manner.

SARS – pay for your own audit!

For those who have been subjected to a SARS audit, it may be hard to imagine a reality where this experience can be any more agonising. If this resonates with you, perhaps consider a world where SARS makes you pay for the resources it had to expend in putting you through this ordeal. The truth is, it can.

Imposing penalties for understatements

In addition to the tax payable, SARS can impose penalties on a taxpayer for an 'understatement'. In a standard case, and depending on the taxpayer’s behaviour, penalties can range from 10% for a 'substantial understatement' to 150% for 'intentional tax evasion'.

Dutch Supreme Court favours South African companies under the ‘Most-favoured Nation’...

South African multinationals achieved a victory recently when the Dutch Supreme Court held that South African parent companies could, effectively, be exempt from Dutch withholding tax on dividends.

Looming ‘expat tax’ is ultimately fair

On 1 March 2020 the amended section of the Income Tax Act concerning the foreign employment income exemption comes into effect. This so-called 'expat tax' has caused concern among South Africans working abroad who currently pay no tax if they meet certain criteria. But, from next year, only R1 million of this income will be exempt from tax here.

VAT cross-border e-commerce rules promulgated

The indirect taxation of cross-border e-commerce transactions have been high on the agenda for tax authorities worldwide. There is clearly a perception that much of these transactions are escaping indirect tax (essentially VAT) because the supplier and consumer are in different jurisdictions.

Anti-dividend stripping provisions

On 20 February 2019, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced new anti-dividend stripping tax avoidance provisions relating to 'disguised sales', which is intended to address perceived abuse of the dividend stripping provisions that were enacted in 2017.
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