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  • 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]
  • Do you know how many of your employees aren't at work today?
  • Did you know that on average 15 - 30% of your staff could be absent on any given day? And because of the high costs associated with absenteeism in your company that I told you about a couple of weeks ago, it's important for you to reduce absenteeism quickly. So, why don't you implement strategies that are attractive to employees and assist them in staying interested and committed to their work ... ››› more
  • [16 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]
  • Three reasons why it's so important to do a sanitation risk assessment
  • If your employees work in filthy conditions, they're going to pick up all kinds of diseases. They could get stomach viruses, breathing problems, intestinal infections. All of these come from the kind of bacteria that live and breed in damp, dirty, unhygienic places. When your employees get sick, it means lost productivity. You must also deal with COID if your employee is incapacitated for more ... ››› more
  • [10 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]
  • 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
  • [10 March 2017]
  • Eight ways to make sure your staff wear their PPE
  • Why is personal protective equipment (PPE) so important? Because it protects workers from injury! In the real world though, safety professionals are still struggling to get this message across - and make it stick. Unfortunately, expressions like 'Wear your PPE because it says so in the safety rule book' just don't hold up as convincing arguments. So what does work? Let's look at eight way... ››› more
  • [03 March 2017]
  • Five questions you should never ask during an interview
  • I'm sure you know by now that the law doesn't allow any discrimination against an employee or job applicant (Employment Equity Act). So when you plan your interviews with job applicants, protect yourself and your company by making sure you avoid questions that may be discriminatory. Because if you're found guilty of discrimination, you could get a penalty of up to 10% of your business turnover.... ››› more
  • [02 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]
  • Think you still have plenty of time to get your EE house in order? Think again!
  • At this time of the year, many companies probably think that they still have plenty of time to get their EE house in order, so to speak. Unfortunately, the Department of Labour inspectors work year-round and they are already well into their stride with Employment Equity audits. I have noticed a marked increase in the number of Director-General audits this year compared to the same timeframe la... ››› more
  • [28 February 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]
  • 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]
  • These three tips will have your annual safety audit done by the end of the day today
  • Annual safety audits are an imperative part of health and safety. They ensure your company complies with your health and safety rules and laws like the OHS Act. The problem with safety audits is they tend to take weeks to prepare and complete. There's all the planning, question setting, document collecting and target choosing to do first. But what if I told you there's a way you can turn this ... ››› more
  • [20 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]
  • Know this common way that incidents lead to accidents and take action!
  • Workplace incidents usually consist of no real harm or loss, but a workplace accident does! An accident in the workplace in the workplace can happen at any moment. They can create a lot of stress for you because thousands, even millions in Compensation claims may need to be paid out. Also, investigations by the Department of Labour around the accident may even lead to your company shutting ... ››› more
  • [13 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]
  • 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. Let's see if you qualify for it and how you can use it to pay less tax and save this company from closing down. ************* Advertisement *************   Meet the ultimate tax-bill slasher... Over 31 different tax brea... ››› more
  • [09 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]



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