Category Archives: Tax

Bitcoin is Taxable!

SARS has released a media statement on Bitcoin in which it states that people dealing in Bitcoins or other cryptocurrencies are subject to normal Income Tax law in terms of gross income, tax deductions or Capital Gains Tax. SARS are … Continue reading

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Taxpayers: Why YOU Should Participate in this Local Survey by SAICA

The cost of tax compliance has recently been in the spotlight as SARS’ revenues have fallen and pressure is mounting on taxpayers to spend even more time on tax compliance. Reducing these costs will have beneficial effects on the economy: … Continue reading

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Sugar Tax: Is It Good For Us?

“This feels like a victory for Britain’s children” (celebrity chef Jamie Oliver commenting on news that a sugary drinks levy will be introduced in the UK in 2018)  Tax increases are on the way and Treasury has signalled that a … Continue reading

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How Efficient is SARS Globally?

A recent World Bank and Price Waterhouse Coopers survey, amongst other things, ranks companies in 190 countries in terms of time taken to prepare and file tax returns. South Africa performs above average against its global peers. We improved by … Continue reading

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Directors: Watch Your Liquidity and Solvency!

Nothing is more demoralising than running into financial difficulties. Suddenly all your energies are focussed on survival rather than growing the business. The fun goes out of the organisation, rumours of retrenchment flourish and if management aren’t careful, the rumours … Continue reading

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Taxpayers: Good News in the Season of Good Cheer?

There are no important tax deadlines for December, so let’s look at some potentially great news for taxpayers. Could the “pay now, argue later” principle be repealed? The Davis Tax Committee (DTC) has recommended that taxpayers be given a Taxpayer … Continue reading

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What’s Behind the SARS Inquiry?

The Minister of Finance has announced that the President has agreed to an independent inquiry chaired by a judge to probe why SARS is missing its revenue targets – this year it is forecast to miss budgeted tax collections by … Continue reading

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Groundhog Day with SARS for Deceased Estates: Expect Delays

“A situation in which a series of unwelcome or tedious events appear to be recurring in exactly the same way” (Oxford English Dictionary definition of “Groundhog Day”) Recent changes to legislation have made it more frustrating and time-consuming to wind … Continue reading

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Your Tax Deadlines for November and “Watch Out, SARS is On The Warpath!”

Non-provisional taxpayers using eFiling or electronically submitting from a SARS office need to file their 2016/2017 Income Tax Returns on or by 24 November. Secondly, tax compliance levels are slipping and SARS is planning to aggressively counteract this, noting that … Continue reading

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The Latest on the SVDP

Access to the Special Voluntary Disclosure Program (SVDP) closed at the end of August 2017 and the government netted a little over R1 billion. There were two thousand applications for this amnesty. Whilst this is not the final amount as … Continue reading

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