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  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • Use this legal loophole to claim VAT on your clients' gifts
  • You probably buy your clients gifts during the year. But just before you submit your VAT return and miss out on a potential VAT saving, you need to read this first! You're probably thinking... SARS sees gifts as entertainment and disallows input tax claims from the onset, right? Well... not quite... During the FSPBusiness VAT Masterclass, I found a secret loophole that's totally legal. And... ››› more
  • [09 February 2017]
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