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3 requirements to qualify for a notional input tax deduction

by , 22 February 2016
Notional input tax is the VAT you can claim on second-hand goods which you buy for your business, from a person who isn't a vendor.

Now because the seller isn't a vendor, he can't charge you input tax on those goods.

But the thing is that you, as a vendor, will be required to charge VAT when you sell those goods.

Now in order to create a sense of fairness, you're entitled to a notional input tax deduction when you buy those goods. This is in spite of the fact that you won't have a tax invoice to support this specific input tax deduction.

Having said that, there are requirements which your notional input tax deductions must meet in order to qualify.

They'll be discussed below...

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This concession only applies to second-hand goods, and NOT services.


Second-hand goods are defined in the VAT Act as being:

·         Goods that were previously owned and used;

·         Fixed property; and

·         A share block share converted into a sectional title unit.

Second-hand goods are NOT:

·         Animals (such as livestock);

·         Gold coins issued by the South African Mint; and

·         Prospecting, mining and exploration rights.


If you, the vendor, pay more than R50 for the goods, then you must keep records of the purchase, which must contain the following:

·         The name and ID number of the seller, including a copy of his ID;

·         If the seller is a company, the name and ID number of the person representing it, including a copy of her ID alongside the company's registration number and a company letterhead confirming the company's details;

·         The seller's address;

·         The date of the purchase;

·         A description of the goods;

·         The quantity or volume of the goods; and

·         The amount which you paid for the goods.

*To learn more useful information on notional input tax, page your Practical VAT Loose Leaf Service handbook to chapter I 03: Input tax.

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