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  • Three things on your Vat refund that'll get you in trouble with SARS
  • You have to tread carefully when it comes to Vat refunds. SARS scrutinises these and it'll punish you if it finds errors. And this means you can say goodbye to the cash injection you were hoping to get. But we've got your back as always. Today our experts reveal the three things that'll get you in trouble with SARS when it comes to Vat refunds. Read on to find out what they are so you c... ››› more
  • [17 January 2017]
  • The eight instances you can lodge an objection with SARS and win!
  • Here's a true story with a happy ending: I had coffee with Peter Franck, Contributor of the Practical VAT Handbook, and he told me an interesting story about one of his clients, Mr Hogenboezem*. He received a VAT assessment for R86 000 from SARS. SARS issued him with this assessment because he mistakenly claimed input tax twice on a bakkie and the invoices he received for purchases were techni... ››› more
  • [11 January 2017]
  • What are your legal obligations when it comes to financial statements in your business?
  • If you run a registered company or a close corporation, you have a legal obligation to prepare financial statements. And you have to present your financial statements to SARS. If you don't prepare them correctly, you may declare incorrect income and incur penalties and fines from SARS. Or you could present a false picture to any person who relies on your financial statements to make business de... ››› more
  • [05 January 2017]
  • 5 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? Read on to find out how... *****************Best Seller***************** Can you really afford no... ››› more
  • [04 January 2017]
  • Three rules to complete your VAT return correctly and stay under SARS' radar
  • VAT is a 'self-assessment' system. This means you're required to work out if you should be paying money in to SARS, or if you should be getting money back from it. You do this calculation on a VAT return, called a VAT201 via eFiling at the end of your tax period. But because of numerous mistakes VAT vendors make, SARS checks the VAT returns from time to time by way of a VAT audit. And if any... ››› more
  • [22 December 2016]
  • How to claim VAT back before you're a VAT vendor!
  • One of our Practical VAT Handbook subscribers asked if he can get a VAT refund back on property expenses. The real kicker is, he hasn't registered for VAT yet! Your immediate response may be to say no - it's not possible. One of our well respected VAT experts, Kallie Van Der Merwe, a writer for the Practical VAT Handbook, answered this question for our member. Let's have a look at the ques... ››› more
  • [21 December 2016]
  • Do I have any recourse if SARS slaps me with penalties, interest and additional tax?
  • If SARS believes you intentionally under declared your output tax or over claimed your input tax, they will slap you with a hefty additional tax penalty of up to 200% of the tax. So on top of the normal VAT of 14%, you'll now also need to pay additional VAT of up to 28%, plus a 10% penalty and interest. You could even be prosecuted in court and can go to jail. But is there a way out of th... ››› more
  • [12 December 2016]
  • What you NEED to know about International Vat claims
  • Your company may be entitled to claim a Vat refund on a number of business expenses incurred in other countries. Here's what you need to know about International Vat claims. You know that you can claim South African Vat as input tax. However, you may be neglecting to claim Vat refunds on international business expenses. Now it's your chance to exploit this untapped reserve. International V... ››› more
  • [12 December 2016]
  • Screen your debit and credit notes before the SARS auditors do... Here's how!
  • SARS is very strict about WHEN, WHY and HOW you can issue a debit or credit note - especially when it comes to your VAT. Get it wrong, and you'll face penalties for sure! Not only that, but your clients/customers will also be targeted by SARS. And let's be honest - no business can afford to develop a reputation as a trouble-maker. If you answer 'no' to any of the screening questions, you're ... ››› more
  • [08 December 2016]
  • Revealed: The cars you CAN and CAN'T claim input tax on
  • SARS has very strict rules when it comes to claiming input tax on cars. So make sure you get it right. Here are the five vehicles you can and can't claim input tax on.... SARS is very clear that you can't claim the input tax on a car even if you use the car in your business in the course of making taxable supplies, says the Practical Vat Loose Leaf Service. That said, SARS also makes it cle... ››› more
  • [08 December 2016]
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