Tax News

Efficient or inept? South Africas corporate income tax rate and restructuring rules

Author: Candice Gibson. The Davis Tax Committee (DTC) released a media statement on 12 April 2018 in which it announced the publication of four additional final reports and conclusion of its work based on its Terms of Reference. For purposes of this alert, certain aspects from the report on the efficiency of South Africas corporate income tax (CIT) system (CIT Report) will be expanded upon, with particular reference to the reviews undertaken in respect of: the efficiency of the CIT rate; and the efficiency of the corporate restructuring rules (CRRs).

The capital v revenue question in the context of government grants: The SCA decides in favour of the motor manufacturing industry

Author: Louis Botha and Louise Kotze. In the recent case of Volkswagen South Africa (Pty) Ltd v Commissioner for South African Revenue Service 80 SATC 179, the age-old question of whether a receipt is capital or revenue in nature was addressed by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), in the context of government grants paid to motor vehicle manufacturers.

Taxation of deceased estates – How to register a DECEASED ESTATE

Changesin legislation from 1 March 2016 Deaths prior to 1 March 2016: Post death income is taxable in the hands of the beneficiary. There is a deemed capital gain tax (CGT) event on date of death of the deceased. During the liquidation process, accounting for CGT on the disposal of assets is by way of aSpecial Trust registered at SARS. A Special Trust still applies for deaths prior to 1 March 2016 which are still currently being administered.

SARS – Customs requirements for South African travellers

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) would like to clarify a recent confusion in the media about Customs requirements for travellers returning to South Africa with personal valuables. In terms of Customs legislation, South African residents travelling abroad are not required to declare their personal effects when leaving the country, nor upon return. Personal effects is defined in legislation as including items such as personal laptops, iPads, cellphones, golf clubs, cameras and/or other high value items forming part of the travellers possessions when leaving the country.

STATEMENT BY ACTING COMMISSIONER, MARK KINGON – TAX SEASON 2018

MEDIA BRIEFING ON 04 JUNE 2018. We have been hard at work taking stock of how we can be more efficient and improve service to taxpayers. This requires that we make better use of our resources and technology, while factoring in feedback from taxpayers on what their pain-points are. Our main objective is to make tax compliance a simple and routine experience for the taxpayer. This is a work in progress, and we will be refining our initiatives with every tax season, over the next two years, taking on board the lessons learned.

​SARS to host BRICS Tax Experts and Heads of Tax Administrations

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will host the tax experts and heads of tax administrations from BRICS member countries, namely Brazil, Russia, India China and South Africa, in Sandton next week. This will take place at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton from 18 to 21 June 2018. The BRICS Tax meetings follow on BRICS Customs meetings held in April this year, which contributed to creating an enabling framework for BRICS Customs cooperation.

Is it time to lower South Africas income tax rates?

Author: David Warneke, Head of Income Tax Technical, BDO South Africa. A fundamental question posed by commentators around the 2018 National Budget was whether an increase in personal or corporate income tax rates, or both, would be announced. The consensus, which proved to be correct, was that such increases were unlikely. The main reasons given were that personal and corporate income tax rates are already high by international standards. Personal income tax rates, mainly due to the introduction of the 45% maximum marginal rate in the 2017/2018 income tax year of assessment for taxable income above R1.5 million, and also since relatively high marginal rates are reached at low taxable income levels, by global standards. Corporate income tax rates, as the rates in most of our main trading partners are lower than ours and globally rates are decreasing.

Reducing the cost of transfer pricing compliance for MNEs

Author: Okkie Kellerman (ENS Africa). Many countries have become more focused on combating tax avoidance. As such, transfer pricing compliance has become much more burdensome due to substantial documentation requirements and multiple filing deadlines. Multinationals (MNEs) have to take action to control their transfer pricing risks, but the cost of doing so could substantially increase.

Controlled foreign companies: look before you leap

Authors: Carmen Gers and Simone Krupanandham (ENS Africa). Section 9D of the Income Tax Act, 1962 (the Act) is aimed at South African residents who directly or indirectly hold more than 50% of the total participation (broadly speaking shares) or voting rights in a foreign company. A foreign company in this context is classified as a controlled foreign company (CFC). In terms of section 9D, the net income of the CFC is included in the relevant residents income in proportion to the residents effective participation rights in that CFC, thus resulting in the resident being subject to tax on such notional income imputed to it.