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

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

VIDCASTS | Tax expert Rob Cooper discusses Budget 2018

In this year’s Budget, I’d like to see a number of things: I would like to see attention being focused on travel allowances and taking the process of travel reimbursements to its logical conclusion. I would like to see the Employment Tax incentive Act continuing for the sake of the youth of the country… What I’m scared of in the Budget is the raising of personal income tax rates.

Transfer pricing implementation and enforcement – a source for taxes?

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 | 3 Key tax areas to look out for...

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.

Limited Treasury options for recovery

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.
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