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You can claim input tax on your game-viewing vehicles if you meet these 5 criteria

by , 12 February 2016
Generally speaking, there's no VAT on passenger transport on road or rail. But the rules on game-viewing vehicles have exceptions.

So if you operate game viewing vehicles, see here when you claim VAT on game-viewing vehicle. But first, let's take a look at how exactly how VAT works with game viewing...

How does VAT works with game viewing?

SARS makes a VAT exception for vehicles you specifically design or alter to take people on game drives.

The charges to people going on game drives are subject to VAT at the standard rate because the purpose of this activity is to view game, and not necessarily to get from point A to Point B. After all, many game drives end up where they started from.

Now, because game drives are subject to VAT at the standard rate, it's only fair that game drivers can claim input tax on the vehicles they use for game drives.

So you can claim input tax on your vehicle purchases.

Read on to see the criteria to qualify for this VAT exception…
 
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·         Your books and records comply with the requirements of Section 55 of the VAT Act;
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When can you claim VAT on game-viewing vehicles?

In order for game-viewing vehicles to be excluded from the general VAT rule for standard passenger transport, certain criteria must be met. They are that the vehicle must:

· Be used for game-viewing purpose only (or for where it's simply incidental and subordinate to its main use);

· Be permanently constructed or converted as a game-viewing vehicle;

· Seat 7 or more passengers;

·  Be used in areas built or maintained exclusively for game-viewing, such as national parks, game reserves, sanctuaries, or safari areas; and that the vehicle

·  May NOT be a station wagon minibus, double cab or other light-delivery vehicle in order to qualify.
 

.NOTE: You must register as a VAT vendor BEFORE you can enjoy the benefits of claiming input tax on your game-viewing vehicles.
 

*Do you want to learn more on VAT and game-viewing vehicles? Then page over to chapter G01: Game Viewing in your Practical VAT Loose Leaf Service handbook, otherwise click here to get your hands on it today.

Also, book your seat for our VAT Master Class 2016 today.
 
 
 


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