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  • Are you claiming interest charges on an asset you haven't used yet? Don't!
  • Good news: You won't trigger CGT if you dispose of an asset in one of these ways... Do these two things to guarantee your input tax claims? Your employee just crashed the company car! Now what? Dear reader, Picture this... You buy property and start building an office. With two weeks to go to completion, you take out a loan and buy office equipment. But yo... ››› more
  • [19 July 2017]
  • Can you retrench a fixed-term employee?
  • So, you've employed an employee on a two-year contract. Unfortunately, you've lost a big client and now you have to retrench him, amongst other staff. But can you? What does the law say about retrenching fixed-term employees? Let's take a look... Simplify your work and save thousands! Now you don't have to scour the internet for hours or pay a labour ... ››› more
  • [09 June 2017]
  • Can you retrench a fixed-term employee?
  • So, you've employed an employee on a two-year contract. Unfortunately, you've lost a big client and now you have to retrench him, amongst other staff. But can you? What does the law say about retrenching fixed-term employees? Let's take a look... Simplify your work and save thousands! Now you don't have to scour the internet for hours or pay a labour ... ››› more
  • [08 June 2017]
  • Can you retrench a fixed-term employee?
  • So, you've employed an employee on a two-year contract. Unfortunately, you've lost a big client and now you have to retrench him, amongst other staff. But can you? What does the law say about retrenching fixed-term employees? Let's take a look... Simplify your work and save thousands! Now you don't have to scour the internet for hours or pay a labour consultant t... ››› more
  • [31 May 2017]
  • Here's how to claim input tax back on your staff's flu jabs!
  • It's not just your health and safety officer who needs to pay attention when there's a medical expense or emergency in the office. Picture this... Winter is flu season and Star Consulting didn't want its 500 staff members to spend time off sick. So it hired a mobile clinic to come to the office and give its staff flu injections. The clinic charged R50 per injection, so the total amount... ››› more
  • [02 May 2017]
  • Ask SARS to suspend your payment in two simple steps
  • When it comes to a VAT dispute with SARS, do you know when you should pay, or if you should pay the disputed taxes at all? You need to get this right, or you'll incur unnecessary penalties. You can ask SARS to suspend your payment, with a payment suspension request. Let's look at an example. Example   Furniture Friend gets a VAT assessment for R84 000, including penalties and interest f... ››› more
  • [01 May 2017]
  • Facing a VAT audit? Make sure you have these nine financial records at hand...
  • Nothing causes more panic in a business owner than receiving a notice from SARS that your business is facing a VAT audit. But most of the panic comes from uncertainty of what to expect. You may not even have done anything wrong, so don't worry. Your VAT audit may have been triggered simply because your accountant entered a zero in the wrong spot on your VAT return. And having these nine docu... ››› more
  • [28 April 2017]
  • How to work out how much tax your investments attract
  • As a business owner or shareholder, a popular way to invest is to hold or trade shares. You hold shares to make money. Either you'll hang on to your shares for a while and reap the benefits in the form of capital growth and dividends. Or you'll look at selling short to take profits on the movement in share price. The tax consequences hinge on whether the gains or losses you receive are of ... ››› more
  • [27 April 2017]
  • The 1 vital condition you have to meet to get a tax compromise
  • Is your company battling to get on top of tax debt? If so, then it's worth noting that you have a solution! I'm talking about a tax compromise, and you should definitely use it! You see, SARS would much rather make a compromise and get some tax out of you than risk getting nothing at all. But you need to keep in mind that SARS will only grant a tax compromise if this 1 important condit... ››› more
  • [23 March 2017]
  • Three easy steps to improve your company's accounting management
  • Dear reader, The first quarter of the year is almost finished but you still have a chance to improve the way you run your company and do business. This includes your accounting management. After all, if you can't manage your finances properly, your company won't grow. Now's the time for you to make the changes you need to get your company to grow and succeed. To help you do this, I... ››› more
  • [15 March 2017]
  • How much does absenteeism cost YOUR company?
  • The truth is, the real cost of absenteeism can be extremely high, yet many companies still ignore it! In fact some companies don't even know how much absenteeism costs them. For instance, did you know the cost of absenteeism to your company isn't only limited to your employee's salary for the day he's absent? The costs can actually go up to 3 times that amount taking into consideration the prod... ››› more
  • [10 March 2017]
  • SARS Audits: Know your rights
  • Is there anything worse than the moment when you open that letter from SARS, 'kindly advising you' they're arriving next week to audit your business? Don't panic! There are set rules and procedures that the SARS auditors MUST follow, to protect your rights even while it audits your business. Here are nine things you should know and put into practice now. Statistics show: Your... ››› more
  • [22 February 2017]
  • Three easy steps to improve your company's accounting management in 2017
  • February is almost finished but you still have a chance to improve the way you run your company and do business. This includes your accounting management. After all, if you can't manage your finances properly, your company won't grow. Now's the time for you to make the changes you need to get your company to grow and succeed. To help you do this, I'm going to show you three easy steps ... ››› more
  • [22 February 2017]
  • Use this checklist to choose the best employee to do health and safety induction training
  • When new employees join your company, they need health and safety induction training. That means you have to choose someone to be their training facilitator who has all the right health and safety knowledge and training experience. This can be a tough decision. After all, choosing the wrong person will affect the quality of your employees' training and your company's safety record. Don't m... ››› more
  • [20 February 2017]
  • Six Important lessons to keep you out of the SARS 'dog box'!
  • Don't change your game plan when you're in the losing corner against SARS, it won't get you out of trouble. Here's a case that has six important lessons all tax payers can learn from - and even though the case is from 2007/8, the lessons are still relevant today! The facts of the case   The taxpayer treated the sale of sand extract from his farm as capital in nature rather than revenue. When... ››› more
  • [15 February 2017]
  • How to calculate the fringe benefits of VAT on company cars
  • One of the most common fringe benefits encountered on modern payrolls is the right to use a company car Where an employee has the right to use a company car, you must calculate the VAT on the fringe benefit as follows: Where the vehicle is a motor car (not a bus or kombi) and the input tax was specifically denied, the calculation is as follows:         0.3% x the determined va... ››› more
  • [15 February 2017]
  • Employee privacy: What are your rights as the employer?
  • Where do your employees' rights to privacy end and your right to protect your business begin? What if you need to protect your company from employee theft? Or have to protect it from slander through employee emails? These are just two of the circumstances that could force you to invade your employees' privacy. But before you do, make sure you know what your company's obligations are when it comes ... ››› more
  • [10 February 2017]
  • Five ways to get your business travel costs back
  • As you know, travel is an integral part of business. But the costs associated with travel are high. There's the cost of flights, car rental, accommodation and meals. This is sometimes just the start of the costs. But what if I told you there was a way for you to get some of these costs back? Keep reading to find out what the five common business travel expenses are and their VAT consequences... ››› more
  • [09 February 2017]
  • Do you know how to test your employees for alcohol abuse?
  • Current information shows that in South Africa, employees are the main beneficiaries of legislation that provides for health and safety standards in the workplace. The law that governs general workplace safety is the Occupational Health and Safety Act of 1993 (OHSA) and, in the Mining Industry, safety is governed by the Mine Health and Safety Act. It has been showed that over R240 billion, th... ››› more
  • [06 February 2017]
  • The DoL took 1400 companies to court for not complying with employment equity law...
  • Last year, the DoL took 1 400 of South Africa's medium and large companies to Labour Court for not complying with the Employment Equity (EE) Act. The first issue of non-compliance was that these companies didn't submit their EE reports. And as we all know, this is one of the legal requirements you need to meet as a designated employer. So the DoL decided to make an example of them and set a pre... ››› more
  • [03 February 2017]
  • Four performance management activities to make your job easier
  • I had some very interesting discussions with a client over the past month about the challenges of managing performance. He was complaining that it's very time intensive to stand over each of his employees, checking they're doing their job. He isn't getting his own work done and he's getting more and more despondent as time goes on.   Luckily for my client there is help at hand and we're implemen... ››› more
  • [24 January 2017]
  • Test your fire drill or emergency evacuation alarm today!
  • There's been a spate of office fires and entire warehouses burning down lately. Luckily, thanks to fast-working rescue teams, there've been very few injuries from these fires as employees have been evacuated quickly. If this happens at your office, will you be able to evacuate your staff efficiently? Here's how to ensure employees respond quickly when your emergency evacuation alarm sounds... *... ››› more
  • [23 January 2017]
  • Preparing for CCMA conciliation? Here's what to consider when it comes to costs
  • Conciliation is a process that takes place at the CCMA and at bargaining councils. It's a negotiation process where parties try to reach a settlement agreement to resolve the dispute. A CCMA commissioner (conciliator) facilitates this attempt to reach an 'out of court' settlement. One of the things you must do when preparing for CCMA conciliation is to consider how much this process will cos... ››› more
  • [23 January 2017]
  • What does 'ring-fencing of assessed losses' mean and how does it affect you?
  • Do you have a side business that you declare and claim losses for on your tax return? If so, beware! You may be caught out under the ring-fencing rules of Section 20A of the Income Tax Act (ITA). But what does ring-fencing of assessed losses actually mean? Read on to find out... If you're not sure what 'ring-fencing of assessed losses' means, don't fret. The Practical Tax Loose Leaf Service has... ››› more
  • [20 January 2017]
  • Three things NOT to do when dealing with temporary employee contracts
  • 'As a rule, unless the temporary worker is merely relieving a permanent post, it is most unwise for you to employ someone as a temporary worker in a position that is permanent,' says The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service. Here are three reasons why you shouldn't break this rule ... According to The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, the purpose of an employment contract is to ... ››› more
  • [16 January 2017]



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