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Natalie Cousens

  • Two businesses? And only one is making a profit? Use this escape hatch to pay less tax
  • You may think your only option is to close down the company that isn't making a profit. But don't be too hasty with your decision. There's an escape hatch you can use to save your company and pay less tax. ************* Advertisement *************   Breaking news: There's a 33% chance SARS' assessment of your tax return is wrong! And most mistakes made by SARS on assessments are to your ... ››› more
  • [12 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]
  • How to create a SARS-proof travel logbook in three simple steps
  • When it comes time to hand in your tax return, SARS wants you to prove certain details with supporting documents. A great example of this is a logbook. You'll use this to prove the deductions you want to claim for your business travel expenses. This is an important deduction for most business owners as rushing to all those client meetings can really add up. Luckily, it's easy to create an a... ››› more
  • [10 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]
  • Avoid these seven tax traps when you prepare for a tax audit
  • As FastJet airline can tell you, a tax audit is no joke. The amount of tax FastJet has to pay Tanzanian authorities almost doubled when interest and fines were added to the outstanding taxes. . Here in South Africa, it's no longer a question of whether or not a business will be subject to an on-site tax audit; it's a matter of when. If your business is facing a tax audit, there are seven '... ››› more
  • [03 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]
  • Get this wrong and SARS will chase you for someone else's tax!
  • Do you do business with foreign nationals in other countries? If so, there's a new tax that you need to comply with: Withholding Tax on Interest (WTI)! So when the foreign national has made a payment, you're obligated to withhold tax on the interest of the payment. And pay the tax over to SARS on behalf of the foreign national. If you don't SARS will hold you liable! Sounds complicated righ... ››› more
  • [20 December 2016]
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