Tax News

SARS lifts tax return threshold from R350 000 to R500 000

The SA Revenue Service announced on Tuesday that it has lifted the tax return threshold from R350 000 to R500 000. This means that people who earn less than R500 000 per year, and meet certain other criteria, will not need need to file tax returns, commissioner Edward Kieswetter said at a media briefing in Pretoria. SARS explained that taxpayers who meet the following criteria will not need to file returns.

Travel e-log book- SARS Logbook used to claim a deduction on personaltax

When can you claim for travel? If you receive a travel allowance from an employer or principal, you can claim a deduction on assessment of your annual income tax return for the use of a private motor vehicle for business purposes. What do I need to do? Firstly, record your motor vehicles odometer reading on 1 March, i.e. on the first day of a tax year.

VAT on Grants versus Consideration for Supplies

Author: Leah Nieman. Non-profit organisations (NPOs) or Public Benefit Organisations (PBOs) often receive funding, payments, or consideration from public authorities or municipalities (Government). This frequently gives rise to uncertainty regarding the treatment of payments received from Government which could result in the VAT vendor treating the receipt incorrectly. If Government engages with a vendor to acquire goods or services, an actual supply is made. However, uncertainty arises if payment received from Government does not relate to the procurement of goods and services.

Investing abroad? The foreign investment allowance is at your disposal

Author: Louis Botha. It is common nowadays for SouthAfrican persons to diversify their investment portfolio and to invest in foreign jurisdictions. When doing so, South African residents must ensure that they transfer funds abroad in a manner that complies with SouthAfricas exchange control rules. In our Tax & Exchange Control Alert of 6 October 2017, we explained how South African resident individuals can make use of their annual single discretionary allowance (SDA) of R1 million, to transfer and take funds abroad without the prior approval of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) and without first having to obtain a tax clearance certificate.

Preference share funding and the potential application of paragraph 43A of the Eighth Schedule of the Income Tax Act

Authors: Ludwig Smith and Julia Kaplan. In a preference share funding transaction, the funder subscribes for preference shares in the share capital of a company. In contrast to a loan where interest on a debt facility is taxable in the hands of the lender, the dividends received by the holder of the preference shares are generally exempt from income tax. This tax benefit is, in turn, advantageous to the company as the funder can charge the company a lower funding rate than would otherwise have been charged had the funding been advanced in the form of a loan.

VAT Cross-Border E-Commerce Rules promulgated

Author: Des Kruger, a Webber Wentzel Consultant. The indirect taxation of cross-border e-commerce transactions have been high on the agenda for tax authorities worldwide. There is clearly a perception that much of these transactions are escaping indirect tax (essentially VAT) because the supplier and consumer are in different jurisdictions. Following the release of the OECD International VAT/GST Guidelines most VAT jurisdictions have adopted new rules for the taxation of cross-border e-commerce.