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When can losses on shareholders’ loans be claimed as a tax...

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It is an inevitable consequence when operating in a distress economy, such as we find ourselves in South Africa these days, that shareholders will find themselves disposing of companies for less than they paid for them, whether the companies were formed or purchased by those shareholders.

Should you get a loan to pay your sars obligations this...

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For most South African SMEs already contending with a contracting economy, the additional shocks from COVID-19 have placed further pressure on their operations. For some, this may not be a bridge too far as analysts at Sasfin are predicting that around 60% of SMEs may close before the crisis is over.

Knowing your tax compliance status

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There are many reasons why a taxpayer may want to know their tax compliance status. A taxpayer may, for example, require a Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) for a tender or an emigration application. 

Taxman moving to hold onto South African’s retirement funds

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The Draft Tax Law Amendment Bill (TLAB) contained a hidden announcement, which may prove to be the final straw for many ex-South Africans who still have retirement investments left in South Africa. The TLAB seeks to legislate to prevent a South African who has exited South Africa’s tax base, to withdraw their retirement funds from South Africa, until an unbroken period of 3 years has passed where that person can prove non-tax residency.

SARS | Notification of commencement of audit

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The obligation of SARS to collect tax and taxpayers' rights are often at odds with each other. To address this issue, the Budget 2018 proposes to reconcile taxpayers' constitutional rights with SARS' constitutional obligations by including a provision in the Tax Administration Act stipulating that SARS must inform the taxpayer at commencement of the audit when the information will be audited.

How will ETI and YES work together?

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The two programmes, the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) created by and falling under SARS, and the Youth Empowerment Service (YES) by the Department of Trade and Industry, are designed to work together and to compliment one-another.

Transfer pricing implementation and enforcement – a source for taxes?

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Transfer pricing relates to the transfer of goods or services between members of a multinational group which are tax residents in different countries. Instead of increasing existing taxes or levying new taxes, a way to tackle the looming budget deficit may be to properly implement transfer pricing rules and to ensure appropriate enforcement by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) of such rules.

Budget 2018 – Highlights, Tax Guide, Budget Review and Full Speech

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Finance Minister Gigaba delivers 2018/19 Budget Speech. 1% hike in Value-added tax (VAT) increased by 1% to 15%. Government spending cut over the next three years amounting to R85 billion. Fuel levy increase 52 cents a litre. R57 billion will be spent over the next three years to fund higher education

AMENDMENT | Tax invoice error corrections

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To err is human and mistakes are sometimes made on tax invoices. Treasury has thus deemed it necessary to amend section 20 of the Value Added Tax Act 89 of 1991 (Act) which sets out the requirements for issuing tax invoices.

TAX JUDGEMENT | When SARS prescription starts

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In the recent case of CSARS v Char Trade, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) that prescription begins to run against CSARS when a return for secondary tax on companies (STC) is submitted to SARS by a taxpayer.

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