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  • Revealed: The cars you CAN and CAN'T claim input tax on
  • Revealed: The cars you CAN and CAN'T claim input tax on
    SARS has very strict rules when it comes to claiming input tax on cars. So make sure you get it right. Here are the five vehicles you can and can't claim input tax on.... SARS is very clear that you can't claim the input tax on a car even if you use the car in your business in the course of making taxable supplies, says the Practical Vat Loose Leaf Service. That said, SARS also makes it cle... ››› more
  • [08 December 2016]
  • You will avoid CGT if you dispose any of your assets in these seven ways
  • You will avoid CGT if you dispose any of your assets in these seven ways
    You probably know that certain events are regarded as disposals for CGT purposes. But did you know that if you dispose of an asset in these seven ways, then there's no disposal of CGT involved? Read on to find out more... Three instances where you don't have to pay Capital Gains Tax... And eight other ways to LEGALLY beat the taxman! Giving a huge percentage of y... ››› more
  • [07 December 2016]
  • Here's how to calculate your ETI claims quickly and easily using the SARS tax tables
  • Here's how to calculate your ETI claims quickly and easily using the SARS tax tables
    So, after having ticked off a maze of conditions, it's now safe to say that your employee qualifies for the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI). You're now ready to start calculating it. But how exactly do you do this? With all the formulas, percentages and amounts (which are all dependent on specific 'periods'), many employers may feel a little uncertain on how to calculate their monthly Employment... ››› more
  • [02 December 2016]
  • Revealed: Two ways SARS spots unproductive interest
  • Revealed: Two ways SARS spots unproductive interest
    Unproductive interest is interest you pay on a loan for non-business activities. You're not allowed to claim the interest on the loan as a tax deduction because it's unproductive interest. If you do, SARS will put you under the microscope. Here are two ways SARS spots unproductive interest. The Employment Tax Incentive Act can help you: Legally claim a t... ››› more
  • [30 November 2016]
  • How to make sure you don't end up with an unfair tax assessment from SARS
  • How to make sure you don't end up with an unfair tax assessment from SARS
    Do you believe that the quickest way to get SARS off your back is to pay up on the assessment? And then heave a sigh of relief, because 'it's over'? Pay now, argue later, right? Wrong. You don't have to pay up immediately on assessment. And you certainly don't have to accept the tax assessment SARS gives you. Here's what you can do about it... ********** How to make yourself i... ››› more
  • [29 November 2016]
  • Have you claimed this incentive yet? You only have until 31 December 2016 to do so
  • Have you claimed this incentive yet? You only have until 31 December 2016 to do so
    Do you have employees between the ages of 18 and 29 years old? Do they earn less than R6 000 per month? You can benefit from the Employment Tax Incentive. This incentive is only available until 31 December 2016. So if you don't act now and claim these incentive amounts from PAYE as at 31 December 2016 you might end up losing them! Read on to see how you can claim from this incentive. **... ››› more
  • [28 November 2016]
  • Requesting a tax directive from SARS? Consider these six risks first
  • Requesting a tax directive from SARS? Consider these six risks first
    While fixed percentage tax directives can ensure better cash flow for your business especially when managed correctly, there are also risks involved. Read on to discover what these risks are so you can take them into account before requesting a tax directive. According to the  Practical Tax Handbook SARS issues a tax directive (IRP3) to instruct you, as the employer, on how to deduct your ... ››› more
  • [28 November 2016]
  • Free checklist: 16 assets that must have valuation certificates for tax purposes
  • Free checklist: 16 assets that must have valuation certificates for tax purposes
    To help you ensure you never pay more Capital Gains Tax (CGT) than you should, you need valuation certificates. These are formal documents from a registered valuation company that show you the accurate market value of the asset based on its age, use and the current value of similar assets. You need this information so when you dispose of the asset you can correctly calculate your CGT on the ass... ››› more
  • [25 November 2016]
  • Six record keeping tips to claim tax deductions and avoid paying SARS penalties
  • Six record keeping tips to claim tax deductions and avoid paying SARS penalties
    SARS wins lots of disputes because taxpayers don't keep accurate records or the correct records. Keep reading for six record keeping tips you can use to claim deductions and avoid paying penalties. *************** You can lose a dispute with SARS because of inaccurate record keeping   Make sure this never happens to you! Hereʼs everything you need to know about successful record keeping... ››› more
  • [24 November 2016]
  • Six areas SARS will look at when they audit you
  • Six areas SARS will look at when they audit you
    If there's one thing I know about SARS auditors it's this: The longer they take to search your offices for what they need, the longer they'll be there. And chances are, they'll uncover more than what they were looking for (and the higher your penalties will be). Don't take that chance. If you don't want this to happen to you, keep reading to see the six areas a SARS auditor will review in ... ››› more
  • [24 November 2016]
  • Your top three tax questions answered
  • Your top three tax questions answered
    We get hundreds of questions every month from our Practical Tax Handbook members, who are struggling with tax issues. We have seen that there are a few questions that keep coming up and seem to trouble a lot of our members, and I thought you might be in the same boat. So, today I'm going to share just three three of the most frequently asked tax questions with you. Continue reading belo... ››› more
  • [24 November 2016]
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