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.
High political drama in the opening weeks of Parliament aside, most South African business and personal taxpayers are expecting tax hikes across the board from the Finance Minister’s Budget Speech on 21 February. Government already faces a yawning budget deficit, aggravated by the need to find billions of rand to fund a new and unbudgeted-for commitment to free tertiary education.
Ahead of the 2018 Budget Speech, Treasury’s options to raise revenue are becoming increasingly limited. Treasury will need to think outside the box this year if it is to make any meaningful difference to its current revenue shortfall, estimated to currently stand at around R50.8 billion.
The National Treasury published the Second Draft Carbon Tax Bill for introduction in Parliament on 26 December 2017, as well as public comment and convening of public hearings by Parliament, which is expected to be early in 2018. Following that process, a revised Bill will be formally tabled in Parliament, which is expected to be by mid-2018.