To zero-rate, or not to zero-rate: why the VAT debate is more complex than it appears

The one percentage point increase in South Africa's value added tax (VAT) rate, which was implemented in April this year, has raised important questions about how the tax system can and should address inequality...

By Imraan Valodia & David Francis 7 Sep 2018

The return of Sars' Large Business Centre welcomed

Sars' decision to re-establish its Large Business Centre will undoubtedly ease the administrative and compliance burden of big business and high net-worth individuals...

By Ettiene Retief 5 Sep 2018

Digging for the answers on crypto and tax

Most people know what Bitcoin, or cryptocurrency, is by now. Some have even bought and sold a few and more impressively, some have found out how to turn cryptocurrencies into a business. Then, there are the miners...

By Christopher Renwick 4 Sep 2018

Navigating the minefield of a tax audit

As a taxpayer you have the right to administrative justice. So, if you undergo a South African Revenue Service (Sars) audit, both you and tax office need to be compliant...

30 Aug 2018

Two found guilty of defrauding Sars

A bogus tax practitioner was one of two people sentenced to a combined 26 years direct imprisonment for defrauding the South African Revenue Service (Sars)...

29 Aug 2018

Zero-rated VAT items: how South Africa is going about expanding the list

South Africa is processing a new report produced by an independent panel that reviewed the current list of items exempted from value added tax (VAT)...

28 Aug 2018

International escrow and tax services offered by Europlaw Group

Europlaw Group has entered a joint venture with Ithuba Savings Credit Corp Limited representing ISCC Group, that has an international footprint from the banking to oil and gas industries...

Issued by Europlaw 27 Aug 2018

The not-so golden loop structure of cross-border tax

In deciding whether to invest abroad and which country to invest in, taxpayers would potentially consider whether South Africa has a double tax agreement with a specific country...

By Louis Botha 24 Aug 2018

New tax law doesn't put your passport at risk

The tax law amendment designed to compel expatriates to pay tax is going ahead, causing many citizens living abroad to consider the legal formalities of terminating their South African tax and exchange control residency...

By Jonty Leon 8 Aug 2018

Sars prescription only starts once tax return has been submitted

In the recent case of CSARS v Char Trade, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) that prescription begins to run against CSARS when a return for secondary tax on companies (STC) is submitted to SARS by a taxpayer...

By Eric Madumo and Joon Chong, Issued by Webber Wentzel 30 Jul 2018

Dispute resolution gives Sars a case of motion sickness

A trend of increased delays and frustration with the South African Revenue Service's (Sars') dispute resolution process, are becoming apparent among taxpayers and tax practitioners alike...

By Christopher Renwick 24 Jul 2018

TLAB looks at changing tax on unit trusts

Treasury appears to have taken a tough and inflexible stance in addressing the ongoing industry debate on the income tax treatment of disposal of assets within a collective investment scheme (CIS) - or unit trusts...

23 Jul 2018

25% tax on international branding services?

Whether it be research, strategy, identity design or communication, the 'big guys' are often importing the services of agencies from the UK, Europe and/or The States, at mammoth cost, and with often lacklustre results...

By Giles Shepherd 20 Jul 2018

How Sars may treat cryptocurrencies

The draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) contains proposals made by Treasury on the tax treatment of cryptocurrencies...

By Tertius Troost 18 Jul 2018

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