- Six Important lessons to keep you out of the SARS 'dog box'!
- Don't change your game plan when you're in the losing corner against SARS, it won't get you out of trouble.
Here's a case that has six important lessons all tax payers can learn from - and even though the case is from 2007/8, the lessons are still relevant today! The facts of the case
The taxpayer treated the sale of sand extract from his farm as capital in nature rather than revenue. When... ››› more
- [15 February 2017]
- What does 'ring-fencing of assessed losses' mean and how does it affect you?
- Do you have a side business that you declare and claim losses for on your tax return? If so, beware! You may be caught out under the ring-fencing rules of Section 20A of the Income Tax Act (ITA). But what does ring-fencing of assessed losses actually mean? Read on to find out...
If you're not sure what 'ring-fencing of assessed losses' means, don't fret. The Practical Tax Loose Leaf Service has... ››› more
- [20 January 2017]
- Don't let SARS disallow your deduction like they did to Moolah (Pty) Ltd
- Moolah (Pty) Ltd had a fantastic year. They made R10 million profit at the end of February 2014. So, on 2 March the shareholders gave the directors a bonus of R5 million.
As it was already March, they accrued for the R5 million bonuses in February 2014 and paid the necessary PAYE. They then actually paid the R5 million in March.
When Moolah submitted their tax return and showed the R5 mill... ››› more
- [15 November 2016]
- Avoid a 10% penalty by knowing how to tax an independent contractor correctly
- Employers often think they're dealing with an independent contractor as opposed to an employee, so they don't deduct any tax from his pay. You only deduct employees' taxes from the remuneration you pay to employees. But, if your 'independent contractor' is actually an employee, SARS will slap you with a 10% penalty for under deducting PAYE! Let's look at 4 easy ways to tell if a contractor truly i... ››› more
- [15 November 2016]
- Is paying less tax a priority to your business? If so, I'll show you how.
- Nothing is more painful than paying more money over to SARS than you actually have to.
But what if I told you there's a section in the Income Tax Act you can use to your advantage?
Section 23(m) has 11 business deductions you can claim and pay less tax on.
So read on as I help you claim 11 business deductions, so you can keep more money in your bank account and less in SARS'. *********... ››› more
- [03 August 2015]
- Here's how to turn foreign dividend funds into a tax deduction if you can't get the funds into South Africa
- Even though SARS wants to tax income as soon as it's due or as soon as you receive it, today we remind you about a certain rule that applies for foreign income and which many people forget.
Here's the trick!
If you can't send any foreign income to South Africa because of exchange controls or other restrictions, you don't need to pay tax on it in South Africa until you're able to send the fu... ››› more
- [12 June 2015]
- Three things SARS asks you to do in its Review of VAT201 Declaration letter. Don't ignore them!
- Before we give you with the requests included in the review of VAT201 Declaration letter, keep in mind that SARS sends this letter after selecting a person for inspection, verification or audit, so it can properly administer any Tax Act (Section 40 of the Tax Administration Act).
If you receive a review letter from SARS, never ignore it. If you do, SARS will disallow all your input tax and asse... ››› more
- [11 May 2015]
- SMME or SBC? Which you do do you qualify as?
- Did you know that an SMME or Small, Medium or Micro Enterprise differs from an SBC or Small business Corporation by the fact that the SMME isn't actually a business. It actually only serves as a description of the size of a business.
Nevertheless, an SBC must be an incorporated business. In other words, it must be a close corporation, a cooperative or a private company.
Why is this important?... ››› more
- [04 May 2015]
- The eight things SARS looks out for when it does capital reconciliations
- If SARS sends you a letter asking for a statement of your assets and liabilities, you will find this very useful. After all,SARS asked you if you declare this information on your tax returns, you should know that SARS uses this information to do it's own capital reconciliation of your business!
Down below you'll find the eight things SARS looks out for when it decides to do a capital reconcilia... ››› more
- [23 April 2015]
- How SARS treats variable remuneration when it comes to your employees' tax
- Today we'll have a quick look at how SARS treats variable remuneration employees tax.
This article will deal specifically with variable remuneration, such as salaries, overtime pay, bonuses, commission, travel allowance and wages that aren't regular or of a fixed amount.
Here's how SARS treats variable remuneration employees tax:
Section 7B of the Income Tax Act effects your PAYE calculat... ››› more
- [25 March 2015]