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Does tax really matter when making investment decisions?

Tax rates have been rising for several years now. Personal tax rates have gone up, and even structures such as trusts and companies are now heavily taxed in their own right. (more…)

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Behavioural economics can help revenue services drive tax compliance

An analysis issued today by PwC’s Strategy& economists suggests that revenue services can enhance corporate tax compliance by placing humans at the centre of taxation. This comes at a time when the tax administration in South Africa is under pressure to regain public trust and strengthen tax morality. (more…)

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Should you consider a testamentary trust?

The introduction of tax on interest-free loans to trusts has seen inter vivos trusts fall out of favour with a shift towards using testamentary trusts instead, according to Willie Fourie, Head of Estate and Trust Services at PSG Wealth. (more…)

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Pain relief for taxpayers

By Brett Cameron, Customer Solutions Manager, Old Mutual. What’s in the news? As the year’s income tax submission deadline draws closer, there is growing concern that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) may fail to meet its tax collection targets for the year. According to the recent Tax Indaba, about 40% of outstanding taxes may […]

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Why you should inform SARS that you’re emigrating

A growing number of South African expatriates risk falling foul of local tax laws because they don’t understand the concept of financial emigration, and therefore don’t act on it. (more…)

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Don’t get caught short this tax season

With the tax season deadlines brought forward by a month this year, it’s time to get your supporting documents ready and to do your return, urges Allan Gray’s Carrie Furman, who answers your tax questions. (more…)

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Treasury’s possible challenges following the VAT Panel report

The recommendations put forward by the review panel on the zero-rating of certain items for Value-Added Tax (VAT), may be challenging for Treasury to enforce. This is according to Tertius Troost, Senior Tax Consultant at Mazars, who says that while the panel, led by Professor Ingrid Woolard, has made compelling arguments for the inclusion of […]

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Melissa Brink of Bravura

South African tax law and exchange control have different requirements

Melissa Brink, a Structured Solutions analyst at Bravura, an independent investment banking firm specialising in corporate finance and structured solutions, explains the importance of determining whether a natural person is a resident of South Africa. (more…)

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