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January 25, 2024

Don’t lose that tax loss!

Sustaining losses on certain activities, blissfully assuming that SARS will chip in at year-end? Make sure that this loss is not ‘lost’ forever. Many people have […]
January 25, 2024

From departure to encashment

The much-anticipated two-pot retirement system, introduced as a ‘knight in shining armour’ for South Africans, has received a new implementation date of March 2024. Expats are cautioned to pay attention to the effects that this will have on the encashment of their retirement savings.
January 25, 2024

Ring-fencing trading losses

SECTION 20 of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 deals with the set-off of losses from a trade against other income.  In general, such set-off is allowed (see sub-paragraph (1)(b)), provided that the loss is incurred in the taxpayer’s own name (i.e. not in a company, CC, or trust).  The loss must also have been incurred with-in the Republic of South Africa to qualify for set-off.
January 25, 2024

Beware of tax-related scams

Over the past five years, the SAFPS has seen a steady increase in the number of tax-related scams. Improved efficiency To improve efficiency when it comes […]
January 25, 2024

General principles for tax deductions

When can you deduct an expense?  Section 11(a) contains the general principles. One of the most-asked tax questions goes along the lines of “can I deduct […]
October 25, 2023

Investing in physical assets

Slow-and-steady returns for patient investors After a period of low-interest rates, coupled with the printing of money in the world’s largest economies (such as the US […]
September 5, 2023

Renewable energy tax incentives.

Government is encouraging investment in renewable energy—but as always, there are caveats While this year’s Budget was largely devoid of surprises, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana made […]
July 19, 2023

How to evaluate investment opportunities

A rewarding investment begins with a thorough evaluation. Understanding how to evaluate investment opportunities enables you to safeguard your financial future. It’s not just about spotting […]
May 8, 2023

Tax breaks for retirement funding

While there are very few tax breaks for individuals, some huge ones are available for retirement funding Retirement tax breaks in South Africa are designed to […]
May 8, 2023

The new SARS solar energy tax credit

The tax credit for individuals installing solar panels is here, for a limited time only. The proposed new law regarding the tax credit available to individuals […]
March 23, 2023

Accounting tips for small businesses

When operating a small business, there are so many important daily tasks to remember—especially if you are also the business owner.  Your day is most likely […]
March 3, 2023

Maximising your dividend income

You could improve your return by selling the share instead of waiting for the dividend payout—but there are caveats. I was recently asked an interesting question […]
March 3, 2023

How SARS catches tax-dodgers

SARS auditors employ methods that most people wouldn’t have even considered How does the South African Revenue Service (SARS) catch those who do not contribute their […]
February 6, 2023

10 Tips for embracing change in 2023

How to overcome ‘change fatigue’ and create a winning working environment. Let’s be honest—we’re all tired. The truth is that fatigue is a very common feeling […]
January 10, 2023

VAT TREATMENT OF IRRECOVERABLE DEBTS

What happens to the VAT that was paid over to SARS? Vendors often provide goods or services to clients on credit. In the current economic climate, […]
January 10, 2023

DIVIDENDS IN TRADING AND INVESTING

Dividend investing can be a solid strategy, so it’s worth knowing how dividends work. What is a dividend? A dividend is a payment made by a […]
November 28, 2022

RING-FENCING TRADING LOSSES

Top-rate taxpayers need to watch out for Section 20A. Section 20 of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 deals with the set-off of losses from […]
November 28, 2022

BANKING ON THE BANKS

SA’s major banks show a robust recovery, delivering strong financial performance despite complex conditions. Trading conditions in South Africa began 2022 with momentum, as the first […]
November 28, 2022

BEWARE THE ‘IDES OF SARS’

“A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March”. These famous Shakespearean words forewarning the misfortune of Roman emperor Julius Caesar (which Caesar ultimately ignored and […]
October 24, 2022

HOW TRUSTS PRESERVE GENERATIONAL WEALTH

The estate duty savings are compounded over several generations. Articles on trusts are often aimed at settlors or donors to highlight the benefit of trusts and […]
October 24, 2022

WHEN SARS REQUESTS SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

E-filing doesn’t allow ‘secured’ or password-protected documents to be uploaded—but there is a solution. Following SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter’s announcement that he intends to rebuild SARS’ […]
July 7, 2022

TAX COSTS OF BARTER TRANSACTIONS

Barter transactions are commonplace in today’s commercial environment. Parties exchange goods or services without a cash transaction underpinning it. The question is, “What happens when I sell the asset […]
July 7, 2022

HOME OFFICE EXPENDITURE

Taxpayers who are salaried employees have limited deductions available to them. However, home office expenditure can be claimed as an income tax deduction, but the onus […]
June 7, 2022

WEAR-AND-TEAR ALLOWANCE

Capital expenditure incurred in the production of income and in carrying on of a trade does not qualify for a deduction under the so-called general deduction […]
May 10, 2022

EMPLOYEE SHARE INCENTIVE SCHEMES

Employer companies generally implement employee share incentive schemes to retain and incentivise their employees by enabling the latter to receive indirect benefits from the appreciation in […]
May 10, 2022

PAYE AND NON-RESIDENTS

Employment income is generally taxed where the services are physically exercised. The place of contract conclusion, where the employer is based and where the remuneration is […]
April 8, 2022

IS YOUR DISCLOSURE “VOLUNTARY”?

In December 2021, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) handed down a judgment dismissing an appeal against a decision of the Tax Court. The issue before […]
March 15, 2022

ACCESS THE MARKET ABROAD AS A DTMC

In 2013, the South African government introduced the Domestic Treasury Management Company (DTMC) regime to allow South African companies that are registered with the Financial Surveillance Department […]
March 15, 2022

BUDGET 2022: DETAILS START TO EMERGE

The annual National Budget Speech was delivered on 23 February 2022 by Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana. Practitioners are getting to grips with some of the more […]
October 8, 2021

CAN SARS CORRECT MY ASSESSMENT?

A taxpayer who is aggrieved by an assessment or decision of SARS against that taxpayer has the right to dispute that assessment or decision. If an […]
September 7, 2021

CAN MY EMPLOYEES RESIGN WITHOUT NOTICE?

Employees often consider to immediately terminate their employment relationship due to a new opportunity arising or to avoid responsibility when faced with disciplinary procedures. Employment relationships are governed by an […]
August 19, 2021

HOME OFFICE EXPENSES: DO I QUALIFY?

Tax practitioners have been inundated with queries from clients on the possible relief offered by the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) on the possibility of deducting […]
June 4, 2021

IS A VOUCHER STILL THE PERFECT GIFT?

On 12 January 2021, the Gauteng High Court delivered judgement in the matter of MTN (Pty) Ltd v CSARS (79960/2019) [2021], in respect of a declaratory order that […]
June 4, 2021

THE TAX LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENT CYCLE

With the Budget Address by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni having passed, it is useful to consider how the proposed tax amendments raised during the Budget Speech […]
May 7, 2021

TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE ON CYBERSECURITY

How well are you equipped for handling cyber threats to your business? Take the quiz below to test your knowledge on cybersecurity. You just received an […]
May 7, 2021

WHY THE POPI ACT MATTERS

The right to privacy is enshrined in Section 14 of South Africa’s Constitution and we understand it to be a vital human right. It states: “Everyone has […]

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