Category Archives: Tax

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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All taxpayers beware – 10 points from SARS

On 5 May 2020, the commissioner for the South African Revenue Service (SARS) provided a detailed account of projected revenue collection in light of the Covid-19 crisis, along with insight of what we can expect from the tax collector in coming … Continue reading

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Further tax measures to provide support

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has provided more details on the second set of measures that are aimed at assisting individuals and businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.  “There is a critical need for government interventions to assist with job retention and … Continue reading

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Government increases tax-free cap on foreign income

The concept of emigration is to be replaced by a verification process. South Africans who are working and living abroad have been given some relief with a slight increase in the tax-free cap on their foreign earnings. National Treasury introduced … Continue reading

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The lockdown: Impact on tax and unemployment related matters

There is no relief for the submission of tax returns. The President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, recently announced a 21-day lockdown period from midnight on Thursday, 26 March until midnight on Thursday, 16 April 2020 due to the … Continue reading

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Budget 2020 highlights

“Ex Africa Semper aliquid novi,” winning requires hard work, focus, time, patience and resilience. Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered his National Budget Speech on 26 February 2020, leaving South African taxpayers pleased by the implementation of tax relief on personal income … Continue reading

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Everything you’ll ever need to know about death and taxes in South Africa

In South Africa, like in most countries, death and taxes go together in the form of inheritance taxes. These are taxes that the deceased estate has to pay, in addition to the personal tax of the deceased person for their … Continue reading

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Expat tax exemptions: No double taxation

On 1 March 2020, an amendment to the foreign employment income exemption comes into operation. There have been misperceptions about those expatriates that will be affected by this change to the tax law. Currently the exemption applies to South African … Continue reading

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Complexities of loans between related parties

Loans between related parties are a common occurrence in the SME business environment. These loans arise due to various reasons, such as assets being sold on loan account; money being drawn out, trust distributions made or dividends declared on loan … Continue reading

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