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 […]

The 2016 tax season is open

As is the case every year, the Commissioner for SARS recently published the annual notice to officially ‘open’ the 2016 tax season. Individuals are now able to file their annual income tax returns for the 2016 year of assessment (which ended on 29 February 2016) from 1 July. In the recent Government Gazette No. 40041 (dated 3 June 2016) the […]

Tax free investment savings accounts

Our clients will have noted the various advertisements on radio and in the media generally of financial service providers inviting the public to invest in their respective so-called ‘tax free savings’ investment products. These accounts are made possible by section 12T of the Income Tax Act, 58 of 1962, introduced in 2015 as an initiative by National Treasury to encourage […]

Are you a South African tax resident individual?

The question of tax residence for individuals has always been relevant in South Africa. It appears as though we find ourselves in a country which has always been a popular destination to which people from across the globe flock to set up businesses, but also a country from which people often travel for long-term stints overseas, or sometimes even permanent […]