Category Archives: Tax

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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Tax on Offshore Income – A Change in Plan

SARS recently issued a draft Tax Bill which proposed taxing South African residents the difference in taxation on offshore income earned. Thus, if 10% tax was paid on overseas income then the taxpayer was liable to pay what would have … Continue reading

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The Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme Begins – What’s Changed?

We recently discussed the Special VDP which lets non-compliant taxpayers voluntarily disclose offshore assets and income in order to regularise both their tax and exchange control affairs. As promised, here is an update for you on current changes to the … Continue reading

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Are You Struggling to Get Your Tax Refund?

There is a feeling that taxpayers are getting fed up over the amount of tax they have to pay. Add to this the adverse publicity SARS has received as one of the focal points of the current political struggles and … Continue reading

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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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