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  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
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