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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.

Dormant company debt a tax headache?

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Corporates 'can' acknowledge that winding up a dormant company within their South African group of companies can result in a tax headache.

Levy income and the tax exemption for residential estates

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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.

Practical tax tips on how to use the SARS online portal...

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In the attached video I have provided practical, easy-to-understand guidance on how to harness the SARS online portal to make key changes to your details.

New SA transfer pricing rules – can we expect additional collections?

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Transfer Pricing compliance requirements in South Africa have been significantly tightened and a modern transfer pricing system, including electronic transfer pricing return submission, has been put in place.

South African tax treatment of global citizens

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Statistics South Africa (StatSA) released the Community Survey in 2016 noting that a total of 94,760 South Africans have emigrated between 2006 and 2016. A more recent study performed by the Pew Research Centre in February 2018 notes that 900,000 people born in South Africa were living abroad for one year or longer. The top three destinations being United Kingdom, Australia and United States.

The test for a simulated transaction

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A taxpayer may organise his financial affairs in such a way as to pay the least tax permissible. Our courts have confirmed on many occasions that there is nothing wrong with arrangements that are tax effective, but there is something wrong with dressing up or disguising a transaction to make it appear to be something that it is not.

SARS declares war on non-compliance

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SARS Commissioner, Edward Kieswetter, has used the South African Institute of Tax Professionals’ Tax Indaba as a platform to fire a shot across the bow, letting taxpayers know that non-compliance will be met with the full force of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA).

Tax morality and the CA(SA)

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Globally, tax is making headlines with an increasing focus on tax avoidance or aggressive tax planning, to increase the revenue collection by governments. While specific anti-avoidance rules are already available, general anti-avoidance rules (GAARs) were adopted in South Africa and elsewhere, coupled with a greater focus on addressing base erosion and profit shifting.

IP regulations impact tax & exchange controls

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Multinationals in high-tax jurisdictions will now benefit from relaxed IP regulations. The 2017 Budget announced that the regulatory framework regarding cross-border intellectual property transactions is to be relaxed, for both tax and exchange control purposes.

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