Category Archives: Tax

Youth Employment Tax Incentive Extended for Ten Years

There is chronic unemployment in the country and it is especially felt by the youth where up to 50% cannot find a job. The Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) is designed to encourage companies to employ “youths” (between the ages of … Continue reading

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How Many Days Did You Work For The Taxman In 2019?

“Tax Freedom Day is calculated by dividing general government revenue by GDP at market prices, then multiplying the result by the number of days in a year, and finally adding a day” (Free Market Foundation) In the current year it … Continue reading

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How Tax Returns Will Be Easier This Year, and Should You File if You Earn Under R500,000?

“Death and taxes may be inevitable but they shouldn’t be related” (J.C. Watts Jr)” Tax season 2019 begins on 1 August (1 July for taxpayers who are registered for eFiling or have access to the MobiApp) and SARS has taken … Continue reading

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Tax and Solar Energy Plants: Your Business Can Deduct the Costs Upfront

“If only there was some kind of an infinite power source that was free to use all day every day…” (Anon) In a recent binding ruling, SARS confirmed it will allow the cost of solar power units. The capital costs … Continue reading

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Small Businesses: Make The Most of Your Tax Breaks!

“There are two systems of taxation in our country: one for the informed and one for the uninformed.” (U.S. Judge Learned Hand) Whether you have recently started a new venture or have had a small business for a while don’t … Continue reading

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Sugar Tax: Good for the Taxman, Bad for the Sugar Industry

“If governments tax products like sugary drinks, they can reduce suffering and save lives. They can also cut healthcare costs and increase revenues to invest in health services” (World Health Organisation) The Sugar Tax was introduced last April and has … Continue reading

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Expat Tax: How Will The Changes Affect You?

“A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.” (Ecard humour) (Note: If you aren’t yourself an expatriate, please think of passing this on to someone who is – forward planning is important here!) … Continue reading

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VAT Taxpayers: New Relief on Correcting Tax Invoices

There has been an anomaly in VAT law which new legislation has now largely resolved. The problem with the old position  It has always been simple to correct calculable errors in tax invoices, such as price. A VAT debit or … Continue reading

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Be Aware Of the Changes to VAT on Electronic Services

The Minister of Finance warned in his 2017 Budget speech that VAT on electronic services would be widened. Treasury has now published regulations that come into effect on 1 April 2019. The major changes The definition of “Electronic Services” has … Continue reading

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