SARS to intensify action against tax offenders

Despite the fact that SARS has upheld their philosophy of education, service, and thereafter enforcement, they have noticed an increase in taxpayers not submitting their tax returns by the stipulated deadlines, and not settling their outstanding debt with SARS. This is not limited to the current tax year but includes substantial non-compliance across previous tax years. It is for this […]

August 2017 Employer Interim Reconciliation Submissions opens on 15 September 2017.

All employers registered at SARS for PAYE should submit their Interim Reconciliation (Bi-Annual Submissions) by 31 October 2017. The period, referred to is from 1 March 2017 to 31 August 2017.  Submissions opened on the 15th of September 2017 and close on 31 October 2017. During the Interim Reconciliation submission period, employers are required to submit an Employer Reconciliation Declaration […]

5 Top tips to use during a SARS VAT Verification

Following a discussion with fellow senior employees at the MMS Group we felt it necessary to share some essential tips regarding the SARS VAT verification process. It is essential that the correct documents are submitted within the correct timeframe. If you do not submit the correct information or insufficient information or you submit the documents late, SARS can: Change the […]

Submit your 2017 Income Tax Return and avoid penalties

Annual Tax season is here, and Income Tax return submissions began 1 July 2017. We’ve taken the liberty of answering frequently asked questions individuals may have. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has allocated different submission deadlines dependant on the manner of the submission. What are the submission deadlines for Income Tax Returns? Please pay careful attention to the deadline […]

VDP and SVDP, what does this mean for me?

What is VDP? A VDP (Voluntary Disclosure Programme) is a process by which SARS extends an opportunity to taxpayers to regularise their tax affairs by disclosing any defaults on their income taxes for prior periods of assessment. A successful applicant usually receives a waiver from penalties imposed, and must only settle the outstanding income tax liability and accrued interest on […]

SARS releases new ruling on documentary requirements for VAT purposes

In February 2015 the South Atlantic Jazz Festival (Pty) Ltd successfully appealed a judgment of the Tax Court to the Full Bench of the Western Cape High Court (reported as ABC (Pty) Ltd v CSARS [2015] ZAWCHC 8). That judgment dealt with documentary proof required by the Commissioner for SARS to substantiate input tax claims submitted by taxpayers for VAT […]

Will SARS allow you to deduct your company/close corporation’s assessed loss?

Under normal circumstances SARS will allow a taxpayer to carry forward the previous tax year’s assessed loss and set it off against the current tax year’s taxable income. However, there are certain circumstances under which SARS will not allow a taxpayer to carry forward the previous year’s assessed loss and the assessed loss will be lost for set off against […]

Misuse of assessed losses

An assessed loss for income tax purposes is a potentially valuable asset:  it represents past losses made by a taxpayer which is able of being carried forward to subsequent tax years against which future taxable profits are able of being set off.  The set-off of historic losses – in the form of an assessed loss – against existing taxable income […]

The general anti-avoidance rules

The Income Tax Act, 58 of 1962 (‘Income Tax Act’) contains various specific anti-avoidance rules aimed at preventing the abuse of certain specific sections in the Income Tax Act. However, over and above these specific anti-abuse provisions, the general anti-avoidance rules (‘the GAAR’) would also find application to cover further potential and unforeseen loopholes, or abuse of beneficial tax regimes, […]

Tax season 2016: Non-provisional taxpayers’ deadline

Many of our clients are not registered for provisional tax, nor are they required to be registered. These non-provisional taxpayers should however take note thereof that their annual income tax returns (for the 2016 year of assessment which ended on 29 February 2016) are due shortly, and not only on 31 January 2017 as is the case for natural person […]