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  • The one document that will protect you from a SARS field audit
  • A notification from SARS lands in your inbox. You're being audited. And not just any audit. A field audit... So what now? Well, ordinarily, you'd have to stop everything you're doing and prepare for your audit. Look for documents, pull your finance team away from their busy workload, just to make sure you have everything ready for SARS when they pitch up at your door. But wait... You d... ››› more
  • [19 January 2017]
  • Two ways to reduce your capital gains tax when you sell an asset
  • Every time your business sells, donates or scraps an asset, for gain, SARS takes some of your money as capital gains tax. And this chunk gets bigger every year. In 2015 if you sold an asset you would have paid 18.65% tax on it. In 2016, the current tax year, you stand to pay 22.4%. That's a 3.75% increase in just one year. Let me put that into perspective for you and show you a way to ... ››› more
  • [19 January 2017]
  • Two businesses? And only one is making a profit? Use this escape hatch to pay less tax
  • Two businesses? And only one is making a profit? Use this escape hatch to pay less tax
    You may think your only option is to close down the company that isn't making a profit. But don't be too hasty with your decision. There's an escape hatch you can use to save your company and pay less tax. ************* Advertisement *************   Breaking news: There's a 33% chance SARS' assessment of your tax return is wrong! And most mistakes made by SARS on assessments are to your ... ››› more
  • [12 January 2017]
  • How to create a SARS-proof travel logbook in three simple steps
  • How to create a SARS-proof travel logbook in three simple steps
    When it comes time to hand in your tax return, SARS wants you to prove certain details with supporting documents. A great example of this is a logbook. You'll use this to prove the deductions you want to claim for your business travel expenses. This is an important deduction for most business owners as rushing to all those client meetings can really add up. Luckily, it's easy to create an a... ››› more
  • [10 January 2017]
  • What are your legal obligations when it comes to financial statements in your business?
  • What are your legal obligations when it comes to financial statements in your business?
    If you run a registered company or a close corporation, you have a legal obligation to prepare financial statements. And you have to present your financial statements to SARS. If you don't prepare them correctly, you may declare incorrect income and incur penalties and fines from SARS. Or you could present a false picture to any person who relies on your financial statements to make business de... ››› more
  • [05 January 2017]
  • Avoid these seven tax traps when you prepare for a tax audit
  • Avoid these seven tax traps when you prepare for a tax audit
    As FastJet airline can tell you, a tax audit is no joke. The amount of tax FastJet has to pay Tanzanian authorities almost doubled when interest and fines were added to the outstanding taxes. . Here in South Africa, it's no longer a question of whether or not a business will be subject to an on-site tax audit; it's a matter of when. If your business is facing a tax audit, there are seven '... ››› more
  • [03 January 2017]
  • Calculating CGT? Make sure you understand these two key concepts first
  • Calculating CGT? Make sure you understand these two key concepts first
    Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is a tax you pay on the profits you make on the disposal (sale) of your assets. And there are two key concepts you must understand before you calculate your CGT. You must understand two key concepts before you take charge of your business's CGT. Assets; and Disposals. Let's take a closer look at each of these key concepts. Understand these two con... ››› more
  • [27 December 2016]
  • Get this wrong and SARS will chase you for someone else's tax!
  • Get this wrong and SARS will chase you for someone else's tax!
    Do you do business with foreign nationals in other countries? If so, there's a new tax that you need to comply with: Withholding Tax on Interest (WTI)! So when the foreign national has made a payment, you're obligated to withhold tax on the interest of the payment. And pay the tax over to SARS on behalf of the foreign national. If you don't SARS will hold you liable! Sounds complicated righ... ››› more
  • [20 December 2016]
  • Today our experts answer two of your burning company car questions...
  • Today our experts answer two of your burning company car questions...
    A company car is a vehicle your company provides an employee for business purposes and sometimes private use. But don't be fooled by this simple definition. Dealing with company cars is complex - and not just when dealing with PAYE! The questions our tax experts get on this topic are proof of this. Continue reading to discover our expert's answers to two burning company car questions... ... ››› more
  • [15 December 2016]
  • Avoid the CGT tax trap in just 30 minutes!
  • Avoid the CGT tax trap in just 30 minutes!
    One of the most horrific taxes yet to be launched on an unsuspecting public is capital gains tax. This is basically the amount by which the proceeds exceed the base cost and is a tax you pay on the disposal of an asset. We will explain the specific inclusion rates that apply to individuals and companies as well as how to work out your base cost. If you get this wrong, you will pay more th... ››› more
  • [14 December 2016]
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