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The not so sweet Sugar Tax

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The proposal to tax the sugar content of beverages first came to light in the 2016 Budget. On 5 December 2017, after 18 months of debate, Parliament adopted the tax on sugary beverages (Sugar Tax), which is expected to commence on 1 April 2018. 

Taxing Cryptocurrencies?

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There are many different cryptocurrencies, the most well-known being Bitcoin. Bitcoin is a convertible virtual currency, in other words, it has an equivalent value...

PODCAST: Paradise Papers – not a clear-cut debate

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Ernest Mazansky, Tax Director, Werksmans Attorneys and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, discuss the controversy of the recent leak of hacked client records called the Paradise...

Paradise Papers – not a clear-cut debate

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Ernest Mazansky | Tax Director | Werksmans Attorneys | emazansky@werksmans.com | www.werksmans.com | This seems to be much of a replay of the Panama Papers.  But I...

Has South Africa reached its limit on tax increases?

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Kyle Mandy | Tax Policy Leader | PwC | mail me |  Following the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) delivered on 25 October 2017...

A medium-term budget of records

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Lesiba Mothata | Executive Chief Economist | Alexander Forbes Investments | mothatal@aforbes.co.za | www.alexanderforbes.co.za | For the first time since 1994, there is a task...

Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement #MTBPS2017 – impacts us all!

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Craig Pheiffer | Chief Investment Strategist | Absa Stockbrokers & Portfolio Management | prmedia@absa.co.za | www.absa.co.za | The Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS) - often referred...

DRAFT TLAB: Debt conversion into equity proposals?

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A workshop was recently hosted by National Treasury on the proposed changes in the draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2017 (TLAB) on converting debt to equity. These proposed amendments in the draft TLAB are in sections 19, new sections 19A and 19B, and paragraph 12A of the Eighth Schedule in the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962.

Investor opportunities using S12J VCCs?

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In June 2009, The Income Tax Act was amended to make provision for investors to be incentivised to invest in Venture Capital Companies (VCCs).

Bank powers to hold funds on suspicion of a tax offence...

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Section 190(5A) of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 requires a bank to immediately report to SARS if it has a reasonable suspicion that the...

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