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SARS’ SERVICE CHARTER

On 1 July 2018, the South African Revenue Service (‘SARS’) released a new version of its Service Charter. The release of the Service Charter has been widely welcomed and the timing thereof is optimal, since it coincides with the start … Continue reading

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CUSTOMS FOR INDIVIDUALS TRAVELLING ABROAD AND RETURNING TO SA

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) recently published a media release to clarify the confusion about the customs requirements for South African travellers returning from abroad regarding their personal effects (such as laptops and other electronic equipment). The confusion stems … Continue reading

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2018 TAX SEASON: SARS SHORTENS SUBMISSION PERIOD

The annual tax filing season is upon us and acting SARS Commissioner, Mark Kingon, announced that the season will open on 1 July 2018 for eFilers. SARS branches will assist taxpayers from 2 July 2018. The filing season will then … Continue reading

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VAT RATE INCREASE FROM 14% TO 15% – HOW TO COMPLETE THE VAT201

The Minister of Finance announced a VAT rate increase from 14% to 15% effective 1 April 2018 in the 2018 Budget Speech. To assist you in preparing your VAT return (VAT201) submission, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) would like to … Continue reading

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TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATES

Taxpayers may require SARS to issue them with a tax clearance certificate for various reasons. This includes a general confirmation that the relevant taxpayer’s affairs are all in order and up to date (a so-called “Good Standing” tax clearance certificate), … Continue reading

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SARS TO INTENSIFY ACTION AGAINST TAX OFFENDERS

Despite the fact that SARS has upheld their philosophy of education, service, and thereafter enforcement, they have noticed an increase in taxpayers not submitting their tax returns by the stipulated deadlines, and not settling their outstanding debt with SARS. This … Continue reading

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THE 2017 TAX SEASON IS OPEN

The Commissioner for SARS recently published the annual notice to officially ‘open’ the 2017 tax season. Individuals are now able to file their annual income tax returns for the 2017 year of assessment (which ended on 28 February 2017) from … Continue reading

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NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS’ REMUNERATION: VAT AND PAYE

Two significant rulings by SARS, both relating to non-executive directors’ remuneration, were published by SARS during February 2017. The rulings, Binding General Rulings 40 and 41, concerned the VAT and PAYE treatment respectively to be afforded to remuneration paid to … Continue reading

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NEW TRANSFER PRICING DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS

The transfer pricing regime in the Income Tax Act, 58 of 1962, is regulated by section 31 of that Act. It in essence requires that cross-border transactions be entered into on an arm’s length basis where connected persons transact with … Continue reading

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HOME OFFICE EXPENDITURE

With current day realities manifesting in ever increasing distances required to be travelled to get to an office, traffic congestion, etc. more and more employers are opting to give their employees the option of working from home. The proliferation of … Continue reading

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