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How will Sars tax cryptocurrencies?

South Africa has chosen to tax cryptocurrency in line with the trends of countries such as the United States (US), India and Canada...

By Candice Gibson 2 days ago

Paperless customs reporting system launches

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) will introduce a new electronic cargo reporting system which will be able to track the movement of cargo coming into and leaving the country this weekend...

20 Apr 2018

Five important things to remember about GDPR

With the large quantities of personal data financial services providers handle, they have had their hands full preparing for the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPI)...

20 Apr 2018

Law amendments will strengthen IRBA's mandate

Since the scandals around the accounting and auditing profession erupted last year, the SCoF has recognised the need to strengthen the IRBA oversight powers...

18 Apr 2018

Changes to controlled foreign company tax laws

The controlled foreign company (CFC) rules are aimed at preventing South African taxpayers from locating companies in low tax jurisdictions in an effort to avoid paying South African tax.

By Nola Brown and Sean Gilmour 13 Apr 2018

When debt relief causes debt distress

The proposed debt relief measures in the 2017 amendments to section 19 and paragraph 12A of the Eighth Schedule of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (ITA) did not provide much relief to assist companies in financial distress...

By Joon Chong and Wesley Grimm 12 Apr 2018

Health tax deterrent goes up in smoke

The increase in excise tax on tobacco products above the inflation rate, announced in the Budget Speech in February, was erroneously lauded by tobacco control lobbyists...

11 Apr 2018

Is it worth chasing travel rebates under new SARS' rules?

Which is better - company car or travel allowance? It's a question that regularly plagues both employers and employees, and in light of new SARS requirements for travel reimbursements, it needs to be carefully revisited...

10 Apr 2018

Do not go gently into that good Declaratory Order

A declaratory order is a flexible remedy which can assist in clarifying issues of law expeditiously. It is by no means a new and faster means of obtaining certainty in disputes with SARS...

By Yashika Govind, Nirvasha Singh and Hillary Botha 9 Apr 2018

SARS to apply normal tax rules to cryptocurrencies

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will continue to apply normal income tax rules to cryptocurrencies, it said on Friday...

9 Apr 2018

Twin Peaks changes financial services landscape

The Twin Peaks regulations will not only have authority over every South African business that offers a financial product or service, but also offer far more protection to consumers...

5 Apr 2018

Taxation of cryptocurrencies

In South Africa, as with most other countries around the world, there is no guidance and regulation regarding cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin...

By Chetan Vanmali and Kagiso Nonyane 29 Mar 2018

The budget and tax law cycle in South Africa

In this article we will be looking at the annual cycle of tax law changes, and when this filters into the tax calculations of individuals, trusts and companies...

By Struan Robertson, Issued by Meredith Harington 27 Mar 2018

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