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  • 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]
  • Use these seven tips to improve ventilation in your workplace - or face penalties
  • If your employees are experiencing headaches, dizziness, sinus congestion, itchy or watery eyes, scratchy throats and an inability to concentrate at work, poor ventilation is probably to blame. And if you don't improve the ventilation in your workplace, you'll risk your business facing hefty penalties or even getting shut down! It will also contribute to unproductivity and increased sick leave ... ››› more
  • [11 April 2017]
  • Does your Health and Safety Representative perform these five key tasks?
  • As an employer you know it's key to improve the health and safety of your workplace. But important tasks can be overlooked or forgotten, and this is why you need a health and safety representative. Here are five tasks a health and safety representative (HSE rep) should do to keep your workplace safe! ************** The only DoL recognised guide to select your Health and Safety Representative ... ››› more
  • [07 April 2017]
  • Three things your employees must never do with their safety gloves
  • Your employees' personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital to keep them safe. Without it, they're vulnerable to serious injuries. The most common of which are hand injuries. This is because your employees constantly work with the hands and, when they use tools and machinery, it puts them in danger. That's why you give them safety gloves as part of their PPE. But to ensure their safety ... ››› more
  • [07 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]



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