Any taxpayer who wishes to object to or appeal against an assessment issued by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) must be aware that their obligation to pay any tax under that assessment is not automatically suspended by virtue of the submission of the objection or appeal itself. Any taxpayer who wishes for an objection or appeal to first be concluded before paying the tax due under an assessment would have to lodge a separate request for suspension of payment of tax in terms of section 164 of the Tax Administration Act No. 28 of 2011 (the TAA).
A recent judgment of the North Gauteng High Court dealt with the powers of the South African Revenue Service to bring an application under section 177 of the Tax Administration Act for the sequestration, liquidation or winding-up of a taxpayer that is a tax debtor (CSARS v Miles Plant Hire (Pty) Ltd, judgment delivered on 30 September 2013).
South African residents are taxed on their worldwide income. In particular, the Income Tax Act includes in “gross income” any amount received or accrued that is not of a capital nature. Based on case law, an amount “accrues” to a taxpayer when the taxpayer becomes unconditionally entitled to receive it (CIR v Genn and Company (Pty) Ltd, (20 SATC 113)).
Tax litigators will now have to consider, inter alia, the impact of certain provisions under the Tax Administration Act No. 28 of 2011 (the TAA) as amended by the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act No. 21 of 2012 on the doctrine of legal professional privilege and a recent judgment reflecting the view of a court with regards to the adherence to the rules of the Tax Court by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
Binding Private Ruling 143, dated 2 May 2013, issued in terms of section 76Q of the Income Tax Act No. 58 of 1962 (the Act), deals with whether certain preference shares held by the applicant (a public company incorporated and resident in South Africa) qualify as equity shares in the context of the definition of headquarter company in section 1 of the Act.
Is it true that globally mobile employees can sell their homes and not pay capital gains tax even if they rented it out for a number of years? It is true in most cases. The general rule is that when you sell your home, the capital gain realised on the sale is excluded from capital gains tax up to a limit. Based on the Income Tax Act No. 58 of 1962 (the Act), you will pay no capital gains tax on the first R2,000,000 you make when you sell your home. There are, however, some restrictions on this exclusion.
Author: AJ Jansen van Nieuwenhuizen (Grant Thornton) Earlier this year, SARS released a draft Interpretation Note (IN) on how they would determine a taxpayer’s taxable income from certain international transactions. The draft IN provides taxpayers with guidance on how to apply the arm’s length principle when determining whether a taxpayer is thinly capitalised
The current Income Tax rules that defer tax effects for related party debts and other exchange items are to be replaced with new, revised rules. The revised rules are generally narrower than the current rules and the replacement of the old rules will trigger both one-off and ongoing tax effects for many taxpayers, the majority of which, one suspects, are unaware of the consequences.
On 5th April 2013, the Commissioner: South African Revenue Service issued Government Notice number 260, which appeared in Government Gazette number 36346 on 5th April 2013, setting out returns of information which must be submitted by third parties in terms of section 26 of the Tax Administration Act, No 28 of 2011.
Section 8C under the spotlight. The South African Revenue Service (Sars) issued Binding Private Ruling 147 (ruling) on 14 May 2013. It deals with the tax treatment of compensation received by an employee for the surrender of a right to acquire shares under s8C of the Income Tax Act, No 58 of 1962 (Act).