Author Archives: StrachanCrouse

Why the POPI Act matters

The right to privacy is enshrined in Section 14 of South Africa’s Constitution and we understand it to be a vital human right. It states: “Everyone has the right to privacy, which includes the right not to have – (a) their … Continue reading

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Professional accountants’ responsibility to act in the public interest during Covid-19

5 March 2020 was a momentous day in that it marked the day where the first Covid-19 case was reported in South Africa. The year that followed was arguably one of the most difficult in our lifetime, with South Africa … Continue reading

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Get organised by putting these essential documents in place

It is never too late to become better organised. One of the best ways to become better organised is to put life’s most essential documents in place. No one really wants to think about serious illness or death. While you … Continue reading

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Auditing your tax compliance profile

Taxpayers who make use of the South African Revenue Service’s (SARS) electronic filing system (or as it is generally known, eFiling) will know that, in addition to containing a history of income returns, value-added tax, pay-as-you-earn, etc., a significant amount of personal and company data is stored on … Continue reading

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How the VAT Act affects employee cost recoveries

Companies are often faced with the dilemma where employees are employed in one group entity, but another group entity pays the salaries of those employees. This is often a challenge brought on by practical reasons, amongst others, only managing one … Continue reading

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Is a voucher still the perfect gift?

On 12 January 2021, the Gauteng High Court delivered judgement in the matter of MTN (Pty) Ltd v CSARS (79960/2019) [2021], in respect of a declaratory order that MTN sought to confirm their interpretation of the VAT treatment of certain airtime vouchers. … Continue reading

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Tax legislative amendments: How does it work?

As we approach the (expected) 24 February 2021 Budget Address by Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, it is useful to consider how the proposed tax amendments raised during the Budget Speech eventually become law. As a starting point, it is important to remember that the South … Continue reading

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What lies ahead for SA’s budget?

On 24 February 2021, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni will deliver the annual budget address shortly on the heels of the State of the Nation Address a week earlier by President Cyril Ramaphosa. Given the expected R700 billion budget shortfall for the current cycle, Minister Mboweni will … Continue reading

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Taxpayers: Know your rights!

Since the introduction of the Tax Administration Act in 2011, which aimed to consolidate most of the administrative matters in tax acts, taxpayers have become ever more aware of their rights in dealing with the South African Revenue Service (SARS). There … Continue reading

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Emigrated and selling your house? Beware of withholding taxes

Many South Africans who simultaneously emigrate and cease to be South African tax residents are faced with a situation where the sale of a fixed property has not been finalised by the time they cease to be tax residents. This may result in the … Continue reading

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