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Leigh Andrews

  • Entrepreneurs listen up: Use these tax tips to escape SARS's wrath
  • As an entrepreneur, you've got dozens of things to think about: Products, clients, advertising, salaries, budgets... The list goes on and on. So it's no wonder that many entrepreneurs let their tax obligations slide - and then, when tax season arrives, it's a massive panic to get your documents in on time. Don't let that happen to you. Here are some tax tips you can use to get to grips with your c... ››› more
  • [14 August 2013]
  • Read this before you jump on the retrenchment bandwagon...
  • Big companies are making big staff movements at the moment. Telkom is about to launch large-scale retrenchments, and SAA has suspended its acting CEO, Vuyisile Kona, based on allegations that he contravened provisions of the Public Finance Management Act. This move is drawing lots of media attention, especially as SAA's famous for its 'golden handshake'. If your business is in financial trouble an... ››› more
  • [12 March 2013]
  • Business owners: Capital gains tax doesn't just apply to property!
  • Businesses face so many taxes, it's little wonder they try to lessen the load where possible. But one area you simply can't avoid is capital gains tax. If you've sold a property recently, you'll have to make sure you pay your capital gains tax over to SARS correctly to avoid huge fines. But it' not just property that CGT applies to...   Chinese homeowners are scrambling to shift property b... ››› more
  • [08 March 2013]
  • Celebrate International Women's Day by putting more women in management positions!
  • Get your Complete Employment Equity Toolkit here - http://membership.fspbusiness.co.za/content/complete-employment-equity-toolkit In it you'll find everything you need to know including:The complete employment equity toolkit • 6 Steps to implement Employment Equity in your company; • How 'indirect discrimination' could land you a R900 000 fine; • The 19 areas of discrimination ... ››› more
  • [08 March 2013]
  • Employees getting sick? Do a health risk assessment of your workplace today!
  • If all the health and safety contraventions in the news lately have got you worried, here's another reason to make sure you meet your company's Occupational Health and Safety Act requirements - miners who got fatally sick in their workplace are now filing a huge law suit against Anglo American. It's easy to avoid a similar fate by doing a health risk assessment of any health hazards in your workpl... ››› more
  • [08 March 2013]
  • Don't go straight to the CCMA - try a bargaining council first
  • Nothing's above the law - even the law itself, it seems. The Free Market Foundation has just launched a constitutional challenge against sections of the Labour Relations Act that allow for collective agreements made in bargaining councils to be extended to non-member employers and employees, says the TimesLive. But you may need to face a bargaining council sooner than you think... You've heard ... ››› more
  • [07 March 2013]
  • Business rescue isn't a bad thing!
  • Business rescue has a bad reputation. But it's the best way to stave off liquidation and save the jobs of your employees. So if your business is suddenly struggling to make ends meet, it could be placed under business rescue like discount fashion chain Meltz. And you don't have to wait for someone to step in - you can volunteer for business rescue if your accounting records paint a dismal picture.... ››› more
  • [07 March 2013]
  • Base your import and export business in the right area to benefit from tax incentives!
  • It's easy to see why the import and export industry is treated with suspicion. For example, two foreign nationals have just been arrested for trying to bribe a SARS Customs and Border Control Unit team when they were found to be storing around R2 million-worth of counterfeit goods and the contents of a wrongfully cleared shipping container. But it's not all bad news - you can even get a tax incent... ››› more
  • [07 March 2013]
  • Does your SHE file prove your company cares for the environment?
  • Businesses need to pay more attention to the environment. That was the message from Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa to an International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora conference in Thailand on Monday, according to the TimesLive website. There's an easy way to prove your business does all it can to minimise harm to the environment - all you have to do is ge... ››› more
  • [06 March 2013]
  • Two easy ways to lower your capital gains tax burden!
  • Capital gains tax. Three words that tend to send a shiver down a business owners' spine. Because you know you're obliged to pay CGT on your capital assets, but there are constant changes to this area of tax. Luckily, recent changes to CGT are actually to your business' benefit - find out how you can now legally reduce the CGT your business pays over to SARS! The implementation of the Real Estat... ››› more
  • [06 March 2013]
  • Protect your business from tax fraud by pushing for ethical accounting!
  • It's not just the small companies that are affected by white collar crime and tax fraud. Chocolate giant Cadbury has just been accused of tax evasion. Here's how to avoid a similar fate in your company by putting ethical accounting controls in place. There's tax fraud based on incomplete or inaccurate figures in accounting documents, and there's tax fraud where your entire business is based on ... ››› more
  • [06 March 2013]
  • You only have until the 30th of April to get yourMemorandum of Incorporation in place!
  • With tax audits and compliance the main topic on SARS' to do list at the moment, now's the time to make sure your business' accounting records are accurate - especially as the Companies Act deadline to convert your existing Memorandum and Articles of Association to a Memorandum of Incorporation or MOI is 30 April. Here's how your business will benefit when you make the conversion... Tax and accoun... ››› more
  • [06 March 2013]
  • Protect your company if 'Facebook' is part of your employee's job description!
  • Facebook's in the news again today - this time for a problematic initial public offering (IPO). That's rare, as most times the mainstream media mentions social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter, it's to point out how easy it is for employees to post something a bit too personal or downright defamatory comments in the social media space, which sometimes leads to court action. But what do you... ››› more
  • [05 March 2013]
  • Avoid tax penalties by meeting 2015's carbon tax requirements today - it's easy!
  • There are jokes doing the rounds that carbon tax will be the end of many businesses. Especially those that are heavy polluters. Luckily, the carbon tax is only being introduced in 2015, so you have time to reduce your carbon tax emissions - here's what you can do to avoid tax penalties for not starting to reduce your carbon emissions in time. One of the major tax announcements from last week's ... ››› more
  • [05 March 2013]
  • Striking employees turning violent? Implement a lock out to protect your business!
  • When employees go on strike, the situation quickly turns violent. Property is damaged, non-striking employees are attacked and there's often a need for intervention. Luckily, there's a way to protect your business from damage if your striking employees turn violent - here's how to implement a lock out. South Africa is a strike haven – and not the peaceful 'silent picket' type.   FSP ... ››› more
  • [05 March 2013]
  • Don't let the Easter weekend play havoc with your SARS payments this month!
  • Ah Easter. Hard to believe we're almost a quarter of the way through the year already. But keep in mind that this Easter long weekend falls over the final Friday of March and the first Monday of April - plan ahead now so you pay SARS on time and avoid penalties for late payment. SARS has issued a reminder that all of your returns and payments due or payable to SARS by 31 March 2013 must be rece... ››› more
  • [04 March 2013]
  • Avoid claims of unfair discrimination when it's time to consider employee promotion!
  • Employee promotion is usually at the manager's discretion. But you'll come under fire for employee promotion if you're doing so simply to meet your company's affirmative action plan, and you could face a charge of unfair discrimination. That's why the Labour Court in Gauteng has ruled that the SA Police Service mustn't implement any employee promotions in line with its existing affirmative action ... ››› more
  • [04 March 2013]
  • Watch the news as part of your health and safety risk assessment!
  • You wouldn't want to be working in Bangladesh today. The city is awash with violence as citizens are protesting in the streets. Unfortunately, protests often turn violent. And South Africa's no protest to protest action. That's why you need to incorporate riots and protest action in your company's health and safety risk assessments - here's how. At least 44 people have been killed in Bangladesh... ››› more
  • [01 March 2013]
  • Reap the tax incentives by setting up your business in a special economic zone!
  • The business sector was pleasantly surprised when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's Budget Speech came with no nasty tax surprises. In fact, a few of the announcements are promising, as they offer tax incentives to businesses that put a bit of thinking into their business strategy. Here's how you'll benefit from special tax breaks just from setting up your business in a special economic zone or in... ››› more
  • [01 March 2013]
  • Does your business accommodate disabled employees?
  • On the whole, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's Budget Speech on Wednesday went down well. But it'll take a while for all the information covered by Gordhan to be digested. And citizens have already taken to Twitter to voice their concerns. They're accusing Gordhan of discrimination against disabled job applicants... One of the topics raised in the Budget Speech that's causing concern on Twitte... ››› more
  • [01 March 2013]
  • Three steps to prevent strikes from affecting your business!
  • You can hardly turn on the news today without seeing mention of another strike on the go. Employees at the Durban University of Technology are the latest to join the trend, refusing to work until their salary demands are met. Your business doesn't have to become another strike headline. Simply implement these three steps today to protect your bottom line from being affected by strike action... ... ››› more
  • [28 February 2013]




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