Category Archives: Tax

SARS’ Plans to Tax Income Earned Abroad

As the law currently stands, if a South African tax resident works abroad for 183 days or more (of which 60 days must run consecutively) in a year, that person is not taxed locally on foreign based earnings. Treasury has … Continue reading

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The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme:
Time is Running Out, and Automatic International Exchange of Tax Information is Kicking In

There has been widespread reporting that globally, revenue authorities are clamping down on tax havens. As from next month, tax authorities from over 50 countries (set to grow to over 100 by September 2018) will be automatically reporting to their … Continue reading

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Time is Running Out, and Automatic International Exchange of Tax Information is Kicking In

Must You Pay Tax on Bitcoin Transactions?

Bitcoin has become increasingly used in South Africa and there are some good platforms for its use. Although it has proved volatile (it fell 30% in value recently), its long term value has risen over the past decade. So is … Continue reading

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Tax Season Opened On 1 July: Here’s What You Need to Know, and Do

“Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys” (P.J. O’Rourke) Once again tax season has opened for individuals, and whilst we can chuckle at jokes about the pain of paying taxes, they … Continue reading

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Non-Executive Directors: Income Tax and VAT Implications

There has been uncertainty for some time as to whether employees’ tax (PAYE) should be deducted from payments made to Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) for the services they perform. There has also been debate around whether NEDs should charge VAT for … Continue reading

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SARS Streamlines its Alternative Dispute Resolution System via eFiling

Often in the dispute process, vital documents cannot be accessed. For example, a request to SARS to explain an assessment (Request for Reasons) is lodged but it gets either lost or stuck in the SARS system. By the time it … Continue reading

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How Many Days A Year Do You Work For The Taxman?

In the last few years in particular we have been aware of tax increases. The Free Market Foundation measures how many days in a tax year it takes to pay our taxes (taking total taxes over total earnings – obviously … Continue reading

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Are You Battling to Get a Tax Refund? Tax Ombud To Investigate SARS Systems

Two months ago we wrote about how the Tax Ombud was now more independent of SARS and it hasn’t taken the Ombud long to flex these powers. Over half of complaints received by the Ombud relate to the long time … Continue reading

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You and Budget 2017 Part 2: The New Tables

For ease of reference please find below – The new tax tables for individuals and trusts other than special trusts The new tax tables for Small Business Corporations The new transfer duty rates This article is a general information sheet … Continue reading

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You and Budget 2017: Tax Increases Are Now the Order of the Day

This budget is one of the most anticipated for many years with many questions still needing answers: How will the expected tax increases pan out? Will the Minister of Finance and his deputy keep their jobs? Will the budget incorporate … Continue reading

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