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Make sure your credit notes meet these 8 SARS requirements or lose your input tax deductions

by , 03 May 2016
Dear Tax Bulletin reader,

You're probably quite strict about making sure every invoice you receive has the words tax invoice clearly written at the top. Because, this is what SARS has required all along... right?

 
Well, from 8 January 2016, SARS has relaxed its regulations on the name of a valid tax invoice. And no, you won't lose out on your input tax deductions. They'll let you claim, if you use one of their approved new names.
 
Read on to find out about the new names SARS will accept for a valid invoice.
 
******** VAT Legislation has changed ********

Make sure you register for VAT before SARS catches you out
 
If you're liable to register for VAT and don't – you're guilty of a criminal offence. You may even go to prison. And the penalties and interest you would have to pay on your late VAT returns are harsh, so avoid this!
 
SARS will see from your Income Tax Return what your turnover is, and will ask you why you're not VAT registered.
 
I don't want this to happen to you, so let's have a look at the change to VAT legislation. And find out if you should register for VAT.
  
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Forget what you knew about how to name your tax invoice
 
Previously, if your tax invoice was titled:
  • Proforma Invoice;
  • VAT Invoice; or
  • Invoice, SARS would deny your input tax claim.
 
They wouldn't accept any invoice if it didn't have the words tax invoice written in a prominent place.
 
Here's a sample of what SARS used to accept.


 
But things have changed now... read on below.
 
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The Tax Invoice now has two new names
 
If you hold a document called a Tax Invoice, VAT Invoice or even just Invoice, you have a valid document in which to claim your input tax (Section 20 of the VAT Act)!
 
So next time your supplier sends you an Invoice, you don't need to return it. As long as it meets all requirements of a valid tax invoice...



You now know the first requirement. Get the other 8 requirements and your sample copy of the new valid tax invoice in your Practical VAT Loose Leaf.
 
P.S. Last year SARS made 94 changes to the VAT Act. And some of them affect the way you claim your input tax. Join Dee Bezeuidenhout for an intensive 2-day VAT training programme, and gain an in depth understanding on the latest VAT rules and regulations. Simply follow this link
 


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