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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]
  • You won't go wrong with your input tax claims if you follow these six rules...
  • Still struggling to grasp when you can claim input tax? Follow these six rules Here's how input tax can boost your company's cash flow legally You could be missing out on 19 input tax VAT savings... Dear reader, If you're still struggling to grasp when you can claim input tax, you're not alone.   Many VAT vendors battle.   While knowing you're n... ››› more
  • [12 July 2017]
  • Tax invoices 101: Here's what's acceptable when it comes to tax invoices
  • The following in tax invoices will stand up to SARS' scrutiny Are there any inaccuracies in your tax invoices? If SARS asks you to sign this document... STOP! Put down that pen. You have the right to refuse SARS is very strict when it comes to tax invoices. For example, you must ensure certain details appear on your tax invoice and you must adhere to certain require... ››› more
  • [16 June 2017]
  • Save thousands and get your employees to keep an accurate, SARS-compliant logbook
  • Here's what your employee needs to know about keeping an accurate logbook Put a stop to all your company car and travel allowance headaches today How you can save R26 983 with an accurate logbook A vital part of managing your employees travel allowance is his logbook. This must accurately detail his travel expenses. If his logbook isn't 100% accurate and up-to-... ››› more
  • [13 June 2017]
  • Seven simple steps to calculate your provisional tax correctly
  • Has SARS sent YOU a nasty penalty assessment because your provisional taxes were incorrect? Use these seven steps to calculate your provisional tax correctly Find detailed calculations and examples for these seven steps here With provisional tax, you estimate and pay your taxes in two payments in the financial year. It's one payment every six months, instead of having to pay one big amount at th... ››› more
  • [02 June 2017]
  • How to complete and submit your provisional tax
  • The 31 August 2017 provisional tax (PVT) payment deadline is just around the corner. As you know you have to take the time to go through your calculations to make sure you're paying the right amount to avoid penalties from SARS. If you missed our last article on how to calculate your provisional tax payment, have a look here. All you need to do now is prepare your return to file by the 31st ... ››› more
  • [12 May 2017]
  • Five input tax claims you're NOT allowed to make
  • Input tax is the VAT you pay your suppliers in the course of your business as well as VAT paid on goods you import. SARS allows you to claim the input tax for your relevant tax period when you complete your VAT return. While this is the case, there are input tax claims you aren't allowed to make. Read on below to find out what they are so you can comply with SARS and avoid penalties. Every... ››› more
  • [08 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]
  • SARS reveals five helpful hints for completing your ITR12T form
  • As a trustee, you have a legal duty to complete and send an Income Tax Return for your Trust to SARS every year. Failure to do so is an offence and could result in harsh penalties. The good news is, SARS is going to make your Income Tax Return for Trust (ITR12T) completion seamless. It understands that the ITR12T may be a bit tricky and it wants to help you submit an accurate return and be c... ››› more
  • [13 April 2017]
  • 13 Ways to protect your employees' information and stay on the right side of POPI
  • Just as you have a right to protect your company's privacy, so your employees have a right to privacy too. And since the President signed the Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI) last month, you now have a legal duty to protect your employees' information! Here are the top 13 ways you can keep your employee's information safe and sound... The 13 best ways to protect your employee'... ››› more
  • [31 March 2017]
  • Four steps SARS has to take before removing money out of your bank account
  • The money in your company's bank account isn't totally under your control! SARS can demand you pay someone else's taxes. With the Tax Admin Act telling taxpayers that ignorance is no excuse, make sure you know your rights and how to prevent SARS from taking money out of your bank account. For SARS to recover any tax debt, you have to receive an assessment. And the assessment should be correct.... ››› more
  • [24 March 2017]
  • Can I dismiss an employee who has falsely accused other employees of racism?
  • Let's say, one of your employees comes to you to report a group of colleagues for racism. Because you have a zero-tolerance approach to racism in your company, you investigate the matter immediately. After your investigation, you find that the employee who reported the incident has falsely accused his colleagues. You're now wondering whether or not you can dismiss him for this form of misco... ››› more
  • [23 March 2017]
  • The SARS 10 commandments for eliminating your tax debt
  • If you've ever owed SARS money, you know that SARS goes on a drive to collect all outstanding taxes in February and March each year. And you're probably thinking SARS won't bother you again until 2016. Well... things have changed. SARS' image took a huge knock earlier this year when some of its senior staff acted beyond their authority to gather information on suspected tax evaders. So S... ››› more
  • [23 March 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]
  • Is this a valid tax invoice?
  • We all know that you can claim input tax for any amount less than R5 000, with an abbreviated, or shortened tax invoice. This means the name, address and VAT number of the buyer doesn't have to appear on the tax invoice. Essentially, it can be made out as 'cash'. Now have a look at this abbreviated tax invoice below. What do you think is glaringly wrong with it? *************Errors in your ... ››› 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]
  • Oops... You promoted the wrong guy! Now what?
  • Peter has been your star employee for years. He's reached his targets and been a great benefit to your company. So you promoted him. You gave him more responsibility, and even some other employees to manage. He seemed like the perfect choice for the promotion. But now he's just not cutting it. He's not meeting his deadlines and his overall performance has taken a radical nose dive! You've tr... ››› more
  • [10 March 2017]
  • Take advantage of these 12 assets excluded from Capital Gains Tax
  • Every time your business sells, donates or scraps an asset and it makes a profit, SARS takes a big bite out of the proceeds. And it calls this bite Capital Gains Tax (CGT). SARS raised the CGT rates in the February 2017 Budget Speech. This means any asset sales you make after this date will cost you more. You can't escape CGT. In fact, if you try to escape it, SARS could easily find you gu... ››› more
  • [01 March 2017]
  • How to make sure your travel allowances stand up to SARS' scrutiny
  • Travel expense claims and deductions are one of the most common triggers for a SARS audit. Especially for travel allowances. SARS differentiates between a Travel Allowance and a Reimbursive Travel Allowance. If you don't award, tax, and record your staff's travel allowances correctly SARS will pick up the errors and audit you. You might have to pay a 10% penalty for under-deducting PAY... ››› more
  • [23 February 2017]



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