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  • How to make sure your travel allowances stand up to SARS' scrutiny
  • Travel expense claims and deductions are one of the most common triggers for a SARS audit. Especially for travel allowances. SARS differentiates between a Travel Allowance and a Reimbursive Travel Allowance. If you don't award, tax, and record your staff's travel allowances correctly SARS will pick up the errors and audit you. You might have to pay a 10% penalty for under-deducting PAY... ››› more
  • [23 February 2017]
  • SARS Audits: Know your rights
  • Is there anything worse than the moment when you open that letter from SARS, 'kindly advising you' they're arriving next week to audit your business? Don't panic! There are set rules and procedures that the SARS auditors MUST follow, to protect your rights even while it audits your business. Here are nine things you should know and put into practice now. Statistics show: Your... ››› more
  • [22 February 2017]
  • Six Important lessons to keep you out of the SARS 'dog box'!
  • Six Important lessons to keep you out of the SARS 'dog box'!
    Don't change your game plan when you're in the losing corner against SARS, it won't get you out of trouble. Here's a case that has six important lessons all tax payers can learn from - and even though the case is from 2007/8, the lessons are still relevant today! The facts of the case   The taxpayer treated the sale of sand extract from his farm as capital in nature rather than revenue. When... ››› more
  • [15 February 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. Let's see if you qualify for it and how you can use it to pay less tax and save this company from closing down. ************* Advertisement *************   Meet the ultimate tax-bill slasher... Over 31 different tax brea... ››› more
  • [09 February 2017]
  • How an old office printer can save you thousands
  • Dear reader, Do you have an old office printer lying around, gathering dust? I'm talking about the one that hardly switches on anymore. If you're thinking about throwing it out... DON'T. You can claim a scrapping allowance instead. This can save you thousands every year. Let's have a look at what the scrapping allowance is and how to qualify for it. ************ Just for you **... ››› more
  • [09 February 2017]
  • Two tips to get the best out of your BEE deal and save thousands on your tax bill
  • BEE transactions carry tax consequences. But many business owners simply don't know about them and end up paying thousands in tax and penalties. Don't get caught in this trap! I'm going to show you how to structure your BEE deals to save on your tax bill rather than pay out more. ************ Changes to the law you WON'T hear about in the news... If you're responsible for payroll, fringe be... ››› more
  • [01 February 2017]
  • SARS reveals five helpful hints for completing your ITR12T form
  • SARS reveals five helpful hints for completing your ITR12T form
    As a trustee, you have a legal duty to complete and send an Income Tax Return for your Trust to SARS every year. Failure to do so is an offence and could result in harsh penalties. The good news is, SARS is going to make your Income Tax Return for Trust (ITR12T) completion seamless. It understands that the new ITR12T it introduced last month may be a bit tricky and it wants to help you submi... ››› more
  • [30 January 2017]
  • Do you know how to tax your company cars in these five unusual scenarios?
  • Before you decide to hand your exec the keys to a company car, you need to know how to treat the use of this car on your payroll. If you don't know when and how to tax the use of the car, you could end up underdeducting PAYE. And a 10% penalty from SARS is inevitable. Especially in the following five unusual scenarios... **************Best Seller***********   The company car. An employ... ››› more
  • [27 January 2017]
  • What does 'ring-fencing of assessed losses' mean and how does it affect you?
  • What does 'ring-fencing of assessed losses' mean and how does it affect you?
    Do you have a side business that you declare and claim losses for on your tax return? If so, beware! You may be caught out under the ring-fencing rules of Section 20A of the Income Tax Act (ITA). But what does ring-fencing of assessed losses actually mean? Read on to find out... If you're not sure what 'ring-fencing of assessed losses' means, don't fret. The Practical Tax Loose Leaf Service has... ››› more
  • [20 January 2017]
  • 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]
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