Category Archives: Tax

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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Exemption of foreign pensions in South Africa

Although there has been an increasing trend in recent times of emigrations from South Africa, there are many projects by the Department of Home Affairs to market South Africa as a friendly retirement destination for foreigners. The question, therefore, often … Continue reading

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Beware of scams during filing season

In late August 2020, a large credit bureau in South Africa was the target of a data breach where millions of private individual and company data records were compromised. This data leakage, coupled with the tax filing season, makes for the perfect opportunity for taxpayers’ information to be abused, subjecting taxpayers to potential financial loss. Scammers thrive on the inherent vulnerability … Continue reading

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Employer reconciliation, third party declaration period opens

The interim employer reconciliation and third party declaration period is now open, the South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Tuesday. On the Covid-19 Tax Relief Measures announced by the Minister of Finance earlier this year, Sars said this provided … Continue reading

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What you need to know about tax and work travel allowance in South Africa during Covid-19

Covid-19 has far-reaching effects for the South African taxpayer and, unbeknown to many, may be silently increasing their tax liability for the 2021 year of assessment.  There is a causal link between travel allowances (and the same applies to company … Continue reading

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Can Sars deduct tax debts from your bank account?

Section 179 of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 allows the South African Revenue Service (Sars) to issue a notice to a person who holds or owes money, including a pension, salary, wage or other remuneration, for or to a taxpayer, … Continue reading

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