International tax: It’s about the company you keep

When in Rome… Following a brief stint in central America to attend an international conference, I was privy to a difference in cultural practice as well as social customs that were to be observed. For example, in Santa Domingo, driving is a bit like organised chaos. If ever you’ve thought the driving and traffic in […]

Are you unhappy with your additional assessment issued by SARS?

A Nasty Surprise from SARS The 2018 tax season has come and gone. However, the coast is not clear just yet. As SARS concludes their verification process – to review and confirm taxpayer’s information – many taxpayers may have received a nasty pre-holiday surprise from SARS.

When it comes to your taxes, don’t drink the water

Down to a “T” I recently had the privilege of attending a tax conference in the Dominican Republic. This involved months of planning in order to ensure a smooth flight, travel and attendance at an international tax event.

Industry pleas for dialogue on capped foreign income exemption

Several organisations have submitted proposals relating to the foreign income exemption for the 2019 legislative cycle. National Treasury is sticking to its amendment to limit the tax-free income South African tax residents earn outside of the country to R1 million. Industry bodies are asking that the cap exclude benefits, which are “a necessity” in some […]

In troubled waters: Tax on the High Seas

Life is better on the sea Sometimes, those who have been living the corporate life decide to leave it all behind for a life working aboard luxury yachts. Some High school graduates take up the mantle of floating on seawater day in and day out in a gap year, but never depart the lifestyle. Either […]

Importers easy targets for unfair VAT treatment

Even the experienced importers are falling foul to failed VAT refund claims and disallowed input VAT deductions. 2018 has been a trying time for South African businesses; from the weakening of the rand, the hike of the VAT rate to 15%, and slow growth rate of the economy. The modern struggle for many businesses, however, […]

Bonang likely to struggle in tax-evasion fight

Once you have evaded paying taxes and haven’t filed tax returns, criminal law will apply to you, warns attorney on the celebrity’s woes. Team Bonang Matheba’s optimism on the outcome of engagements with the taxman on the television personality and businesswoman’s tax woes could come to nothing, a tax attorney has cautioned. Jean du Toit, […]

Tax Attorneys give 5 tips to guarantee a successful tax dispute process

Although tax season has come to an end and most taxpayers will breathe a sigh of relief, many others are faced with a tax assessment they did not expect. Truth be told, taxpayers should not be surprised if SARS has disallowed their tax exemptions, adjusted their tax deductions and/or raised additional taxes on assessment. More […]

SARS to impose penalties on non-compliant companies from December

From the 7th of December the South African Revenue Service (SARS) will be implementing their new approach to use information supplied by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) to determine which companies are not tax compliant and impose penalties accordingly.

VAT refunds: Slow and steady doesn’t necessarily win the race

More than a year after the Ombud’s rather critical report on the South African Revenue Service’s (SARS’) value-added tax (VAT) refund structure was issued, frustration among taxpayers has been intensified by the revenue service’s excessive verification demands, which seem to be driven by the aim to delay legitimate VAT refunds.