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The reality of property

There is a valuable, but not easy, lesson property investors must learn about their asset...

By Myles Wakefield 21 Jul 2014 12:00

Taxpayer must prove that a transaction is exempt

A taxpayer bears the burden of proving that an amount or transaction is exempt or otherwise untaxable.

By Graeme Palmer 21 Jul 2014 07:27

Vietnam offers attractive investment opportunities

Vietnam offers a compelling investment opportunity for the next decade. Home to 92 million people, the Vietnam population boasts a 97% literacy rate.

By James Gilfillan 18 Jul 2014 12:24

Section 75 introduced significant changes to Companies Act

In the interest of ensuring that the integrity of board decisions are not compromised by directors' personal financial interests, section 75 of the Companies Act 71 of 2008, has introduced some significant changes to the provisions of its predecessor, the Companies Act 61 of 1973 (the old Companies Act).

By Nozipho Bhengu 18 Jul 2014 09:57

Mobile payment methods support socio-economic development

Mobile money has fast-tracked socio-economic development in emerging markets and, promoted freedom of choice and enterprise development, but how long before regulations throttle financial inclusion?

By Desere Orrill 17 Jul 2014 10:24

New Act not clear about position of secure creditors in business rescue

In liquidation the position of secured creditors is clear; their security is protected in liquidation, their secured asset is realised for their benefit - only the surplus after their claim is paid falls into the remainder of the estate for the benefit of other creditors, and they have voting power by value only to the extent that their claim is not covered by their security.

By Richard Marcus 11 Jul 2014 14:17

The JSE lends its financial muscle to messaging

With the growing focus on corporate governance and transparency, and with organisational reputation cited as the number one risk to companies, it never fails to amaze me how some people...

By Janine Lazarus, Issued by Janine Lazarus Media Consultancy 10 Jul 2014 11:17

Stock markets at record highs while growth is down

The South African economy is under strain: After growing by just 1.9% in 2013, it proceeded to shrink in the first quarter of 2014. Expectations are that the economy will grow by only 2% this year - and that's if we're lucky.

By Luigi Marinus 3 Jul 2014 09:36

[Money Matters] Investing in property... or equities?

This is the third in a series of Q&As aimed at providing guidance to you in your personal finance issues.

By Graham Turnbull 2 Jul 2014 07:42

Bank on change in Africa

I have been part of the 'banked' segment of civilization since I was five years old. I have tried it all, from savings to home-loans, vehicle finance to credit card...

By Cobus van Zyl 1 Jul 2014 11:49

Impact of fiscal amendments on taxation of risk policies

The National Treasury released the first batch of fiscal amendments on 10 June 2014. One of the most significant amendments relates to the way in which risk policies will be taxed in the hands of long-term insurance companies.

By Emil Brincker 26 Jun 2014 11:58

[Money Matters] Taking your money offshore?

This is the second in a series of Q&As aimed at providing guidance to you in your personal finance issues.

By Graham Turnbull 25 Jun 2014 07:16

Effect of labour strike on national economy

The global mining industry, with its role in the resources supply chain, acts as a core force influencing the health of the 'global economy'. Numerous industries across the globe depend on the supply of commodities.

By Chandrakumar BJG 5 Jun 2014 11:51

Tell the new Minister of Small Business Development what small business needs

The creation of a Small Business Development Ministry under Lindiwe Zulu has received a positive response.

By Brett Bowes 5 Jun 2014 11:50

Chinese investors show interest in business rescue transactions

Business rescue transactions have created a new environment in South Africa for buying cheap distressed assets and adding value to them.

By Eric Levenstein 5 Jun 2014 11:14

Provisions in Tax Act when personal liability arises

One of the fundamental consequences of incorporating a company is that it is a legal entity separate from its directors and shareholders, and therefore the persons who manage and own the company will generally not be liable for the debts of the company.

By Graeme Palmer 29 May 2014 07:14

[Money Matters] How to avoid that penalty on your RA

We invest in a retirement annuity to ensure we can live comfortably in retirement - but what happens when a penalty promises to take a massive chunk out of your savings?

By Graham Turnbull 29 May 2014 06:46

How to turn away online business

Recently I've been researching effective content writing, which naturally led me to go online and look at various sectors - not just at their websites but also importantly, their mobi sites. Interesting reading...

By Marion Scher 23 May 2014 06:29

Government and private sector after 20 years of democracy

We are enjoying 20 years of democracy so it is a good time to take an objective look at transformation as a partnership between government and the private sector.

By Brett Bowes 22 May 2014 13:21

Tax Court determines merit of tax assessments

The Tax Court is a specialist court specifically equipped to adjudicate on tax-related matters pertaining to the lawfulness and correctness of disputed assessments.

By Nicole Paulsen 14 May 2014 09:43

South Africa faces a shrinking economy

Policymakers at the recent International Monetary Fund (IMF)/World Bank meetings highlighted the fact that several countries, including South Africa, are faced with the problem of having to tighten monetary and fiscal policies.

By Ross Pennell 9 May 2014 09:00

High Court gives judgment on tax clearance certificates

Tax clearance certificates play an important role in our economy and are, almost without exception, a requirement when a person submits a tender or bid for doing business with government.

By Heinrich Louw 9 May 2014 08:42

Retirement reforms and making provision

In South Africa, it would be normal if you had to work your entire life and still end up in debt - an uncertain future exacerbated by the average debt-to-income ratio of 80% and the fact that three out of four people will cash in their retirement fund when they change jobs, often to pay off previously incurred debt.

By Laurence Hillman 8 May 2014 10:45

Foreign suppliers of electronic services must register with SARS

Advances in technology have seen a significant increase in e-commerce transactions where goods and services are supplied to South African consumers through the medium of the internet. The Value Added Tax Act requires VAT to be charged on these transactions at the standard rate of 14%.

By Graeme Palmer 23 Apr 2014 06:29

Impact of Pension Funds Act on annuities and divorce

The question often arises why a spouse can't claim from an annuity in the case of a divorce. The answer lies in the applicable legislation, specifically the Pension Fund Act and the Divorce Act. The aim of Section 37A of the Pension Funds Act is to protect a member's pension benefits from his/her creditors, and it expressly limits a fund's ability to deduct amounts from a member's pension benefit.

By Lize de la Harpe 10 Apr 2014 12:59

Implications of amendments to Credit Act

The National Credit Act 34 of 2005 has been slightly lacking in regard to its ability to protect consumers. The purpose of the Act is to protect consumers and promote a fair yet competitive credit industry.

By Megan Gedye 7 Apr 2014 08:28

Changes to the NCA not as drastic as some think

The removal of adverse consumer credit information and information on paid up court judgments, published in new regulations of the National Credit Act 2005 on 25 February 2014 has caused some alarm in the property sector.

By Mike van Alphen 26 Mar 2014 15:30

Deduction of audit fees considered by SCA

The general deduction formula in section 11(a) of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 permits a taxpayer to deduct from his income, expenditure and losses actually incurred in the production of income, provided they are not of a capital nature.

By Graeme Palmer 26 Mar 2014 07:33

Content marketing for financial organisations

The financial landscape is risky, uncertain, and unfriendly... and just perfect for the launch of your content marketing campaign.

By Mark Wright 5 Mar 2014 14:05

Retirement: still a valid concept or heading for extinction?

In most countries, the concept of retirement is relatively recent, having been introduced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Until then, short life expectancy and the lack of financial provisions (pensions) meant that most workers continued to work until death. Germany was the first country to introduce an old-age social insurance program, in 1889, and thus the notion of retirement.

By Patrick Barker 26 Feb 2014 10:05

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