Tax

Provisional Income Tax Due 26 February: Do’s and Don’ts for Companies

By the end of this month, the second provisional income tax payments for companies are due for a financial year that certainly ranks among the most difficult in recent memory – a year in which many business owners realised, as Thomas Dewar once put it, that paying income tax is in fact better than being …

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Companies: How to Manage Your Greater Tax Risk in 2021

South African companies are exposed to a significant tax risk. Companies are liable for a range of direct taxes, indirect taxes and employees’ taxes that are continuously subject to legislative changes and administrative improvements by SARS and National Treasury. This means not only great complexity and high cost in terms of compliance, but also high …

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A Remote Working Danger: Independent Contractor or Employee?

The move to a much greater level of remote working this year has reinforced the need for small businesses to ensure that they classify the people that work for them correctly. One of the biggest challenges for small businesses is to ensure that independent contractors, especially sole proprietors, do not drift into a position where …

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6 Tips for Getting the Most from Your Tax-Free Savings Account

Tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) have been around for just over five years, and yet many people still do not know about them, are unfamiliar with the benefits or don’t know how to take maximum advantage of this unique investment opportunity. Ideally part of a diverse portfolio, TFSAs are not quite as straightforward as they may …

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The Five Most Common Tax Pitfalls That Small Business Owners Should Avoid

At a time of deep economic recession, small businesses must manage their accounting and tax functions efficiently and smoothly to avoid any unnecessary costs like SARS penalties. Making elementary mistakes with a small company’s tax affairs can have disastrous and costly effects for a firm’s ability to survive these harsh times. In this article, we …

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Tax Incentives to Invest in Small Business: The Clock is Ticking

National Treasury is reviewing all of its business tax incentives to determine to what extent they are contributing to policy objectives. One such incentive under review is the “Section 12J” incentive, which allows an investor a deduction of the full amount invested in a Section 12J VCC (Venture Capital Company), provided certain requirements are met, from its taxable income.   …

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Employees Working from Home: What Tax Deductions Can You Claim?   

Working from home is part of our “new normal” and home offices are predicted to remain a permanent feature of many employment relationships in the future.  Both employees and their employers should be familiar with the tax angles, in particular the opportunity to claim tax deductions. When and how do you qualify for deductions? What expenses can you deduct? We discuss the …

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Tax Season 2020 will be Easier Thanks to SARS’ New Approach!

SARS has announced changes to this year’s tax filing season, driven partly by its ongoing innovation program and partly by the Covid-19 pandemic. Whilst as author Margaret Mitchell pointed out there never is a convenient time for “death, taxes and childbirth”, SARS’ new changes offer time-saving benefits to taxpayers, and it is important to understand how they will impact on us in …

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