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Avoid these seven mistakes on your input tax claim

by , 05 September 2013
Want your input tax claims process to go smoothly? Then avoid these seven mistakes...

Dear reader,

Is SARS making your life hell by slapping you with penalties or delaying your input tax claims? Are you tired of not knowing what mistakes you're making on your input tax claims over and over again?

Don't stress. You can finally put an end to your input tax claims crisis once and for all. Here are seven mistakes you should avoid to ensure your claim process goes smoothly…

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Seven mistakes to avoid on your input tax claims

You can avoid getting into trouble with SARS when dealing with your input tax claims. Here are the mistakes you must avoid..
  1. Don't make a claim without a corresponding valid tax invoice to back up the claim
  2. Don't claim input tax on goods or services acquired for entertainment
  3. Don't incorrectly claim an input tax credit for the purchase or the rental of a motor vehicle – these claims are disallowed;
  4. Don't claim input tax on the cash value of goods bought under an installment credit;
  5. Don't claim input tax on subscriptions to social, sporting or recreational clubs
  6. Don't claim input tax on second hand goods that don't contain proper second hand good registers; and
  7. Don't make claims if you don't make your adjustments for debit and credit notes or prompt settlement discounts that suppliers grant. 
How to get your Vat documentation right – first time, every time

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Learn more here.


Avoid these mistakes and you will never have to worry about struggling with input tax claims ever again. If you have questions on input tax, join our tax and accounting club and get expert advice.

Until next time,

Shevona Ponnusamy
Managing Editor, Vat Practical Loose Leaf

PS. So now you know what to avoid on your input tax claims, I'm sure your claim process will go much smoother. We have a full breakdown on input tax claims in the Practical Vat Loose Leaf. Get your copy today.


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