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  • 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]
  • Is your personal use of your company's voyager miles a taxable fringe benefit?
  • Is your personal use of your company's voyager miles a taxable fringe benefit?
    Are you a business executive with lots of business voyager miles? Are you thinking about using them to take your family on holiday? You need to read this before you go ahead and use them. Using your business miles might constitute a taxable fringe benefit, especially if these miles are accrued to the company credit card? Let's look at two examples to see if it is a taxable fringe benef... ››› more
  • [24 November 2016]
  • 13 Easy steps to complete your provisional tax return via eFiling
  • 13 Easy steps to complete your provisional tax return via eFiling
    The 28 February 2017 provisional tax (PVT) payment deadline is just around the corner. And with December a few short weeks away, there's no better time to start working on your provisional tax return before you go on leave. So, here are 13 simple steps to follow if you're submitting your provisional tax payment via eFiling so you can go away and enjoy a stress free December holiday. Let's g... ››› more
  • [16 November 2016]
  • Don't let SARS disallow your deduction like they did to Moolah (Pty) Ltd
  • Don't let SARS disallow your deduction like they did to Moolah (Pty) Ltd
    Moolah (Pty) Ltd had a fantastic year. They made R10 million profit at the end of February 2014. So, on 2 March the shareholders gave the directors a bonus of R5 million. As it was already March, they accrued for the R5 million bonuses in February 2014 and paid the necessary PAYE. They then actually paid the R5 million in March. When Moolah submitted their tax return and showed the R5 mill... ››› more
  • [15 November 2016]
  • Avoid a 10% penalty by knowing how to tax an independent contractor correctly
  • Avoid a 10% penalty by knowing how to tax an independent contractor correctly
    Employers often think they're dealing with an independent contractor as opposed to an employee, so they don't deduct any tax from his pay. You only deduct employees' taxes from the remuneration you pay to employees. But, if your 'independent contractor' is actually an employee, SARS will slap you with a 10% penalty for under deducting PAYE! Let's look at 4 easy ways to tell if a contractor truly i... ››› more
  • [15 November 2016]
  • Do you make this common mistake when you pay your SDL?
  • Do you make this common mistake when you pay your SDL?
    There's one mistake that many employers continue to make when they pay their Skills Development Levy (SDL). As you know, SDL is a company contribution you must pay every month. This levy funds education and training through the Sector Training and Education Authorities (SETAs). It's important that you get the treatment of SDL right. If you get it wrong, you'll face interest and penalties on ... ››› more
  • [10 November 2016]
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