VAT case #847
What were the facts of the case?
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Mr. X owns four companies which all traded from the premises company A owns.
Company B, C and D all entered into lease agreements with company A, and company A issued tax invoices for all the rentals owing under the leases.
Company B paid its rent to A, but C and D didn't actually use the space.
They had no employees, didn't pay any rent and didn't claim the VAT shown on the tax invoices from company A.
SARS issued an assessment, despite no payment
SARS held that company A should've declared VAT on the rent due, but not paid, by C and D.
It issued an assessment for close to R1 million in penalties and over R200 000 in interest.
What happened next?
The vendor appealed, but the Tax Court dismissed it on the ground that when A issued the tax invoices, a supply took place, and it didn't matter if A enforced payment of the rentals or not.
It also stated that even though C and D didn't claim input tax, this didn't excuse A from declaring output tax on the rent.
What can you learn from this case?
There are 4 lessons you can learn from this case. They are:
You must account for VAT as soon as supply takes place;
Declare output tax on intercompany charges;
. Don't just ignore tax invoices; and
Be careful how you treat intercompany expenses.
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