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Lessons from Al Capone on taxpayers' rights to confidentiality

Al Capone, the infamous American mobster, was convicted of tax evasion as it was easier for the US Attorney General to secure a conviction for tax offences than comply with the evidentiary requirements of his other crimes. But what right does the South African taxpayer have for the information disclosed to Sars to be kept confidential?

By Graeme Palmer 10 hours ago

4 good reasons not to mix your business and personal finances

Freelancers, tradesman and other self-employed people easily fall into the trap of tangling their business and personal finances...

13 Feb 2020

#BizFinFocus: Exploring alternative sources of state income

Times are tough for the South African economy and this is further negatively affecting state finances with a significant deficit of several billion rands every month...

By Christian Wiesener 12 Feb 2020

#BizFinFocus: More taxes needed, but there's little wiggle room

The minister of finance, National Treasury and the South African Revenue Services (Sars) are facing a challenging tax revenue environment...

By Patricia Williams 10 Feb 2020

France-US skirmish over Amazon digital tax shows why the century-old international tax system is broken

France and the US have managed to avoid turning their recent trade skirmish into a war - for now...

By Ruth Mason 10 Feb 2020

Many countries regulate e-cigarettes. South Africa should too

Opinions differ on how to regulate electronic cigarettes. But dozens of countries are taking action. In Africa, Kenya already taxes these products, and South Africa is preparing to follow...

By Laura Rossouw 6 Feb 2020

Carbon tax is unavoidable, time to turn to analytics tools

As the 14th largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, South Africa has a pressing responsibility to drive a positive response to climate change...

5 Feb 2020

More time for mining industry to comply with FP Regulations

On 17 January 2020, the long-awaited notice extending the transitional timeframe for compliance with the Financial Provisioning Regulations, 2015 (FP Regulations) was published by Minister Creecy (Extension Notice)...

By Garyn Rapson, Gillian Niven and Paula-Ann Novotny 23 Jan 2020

#BFGlobal500: Amazon breaks $200bn mark, still world's most valuable brand

Amazon makes history as the first brand in Brand Finance Global 500 ranking to exceed $200bn value mark and retains title of world's most valuable brand for the third consecutive year...

22 Jan 2020

Impact of free trade area in Africa will be huge

Member States of the African Union (AU) have a combined population of over 1.2 billion people and gross domestic product of more than $3.4 trillion - yet the continent accounts for less than 3% of world trade...

By Andrew Skipper 21 Jan 2020

Investing now for the tax audit of the future

Transfer pricing is one of the hottest tax issues globally, and Africa is no exception...

By Caleb Langat 24 Dec 2019

#BestofBiz 2019: Finance & Insurance

We've compiled our annual #BestofBiz 2019 lists across all our industries featuring our most popular articles, most-read contributors and brand press offices with the most views...

17 Dec 2019

Caution: Sars wants its share of your Xmas gift from your employer

It's that time of year when many South African companies give their employees festive season gifts to thank them for their service...

By Yolandi Esterhuizen 11 Dec 2019

Kenya's tax on digital trade and services: what's known and not known

Kenya will start levying new tax on digital markets under a new law signed by the president early in November...

By Mercy Muendo 9 Dec 2019

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