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SARS audit or verification process 2 A. Colling No, SARS had not actually paid he amount to the client's account. The reversal was merely a DT entry to the ITSA. The client had not changed bank accounts or altered anything at all. It appears SARS actions are vastly different this year that was has become the norm, without logical reason.   
by A. Colling
12 August 2017
Penalties for non submission of tax returns 1 C. Camara We experience problems with SARS not attending to the RFR's - we have not received any feedback on the penalties since July 2017. These people were not liable for the submission of tax returns, yet SARS is charging these penalties, returns were submitted and now SARS is ignoring the RFR's? Money was taken from one of the client's salary on the 24th of July. There is no option for a suspension of payment -only on objections. This is not ethical - our cases are people earning between R4500 and R10 000 per month.
by K. Smit
26 July 2017
Amnesty required ? 0 R. Esterhuyse Hi All My clients husband and wife are retired and living in South Africa after being residents / citizens in Zimbabwe for their working years.The husband worked in the mining industry in Zimbabwe and other African countries and any income earned offshore was kept offshore. They retired in South Africa , purchased a house here and invested the bulk of their savings into local investments which is generating mainly interest and dividend income from which they live. they dont have any debt.   They left approximately 100,000 UK pounds in a offshore account in the UK which until very recently generated no income they have subsequently changed the type of account which will generate some income on the capital.   Should this capital be declared under vfp or svdp ? the funds never originated from SA and should any income arise they will pay tax thereon.   On the tax return submitted there is no section for assets and liabilities as they only have interest and dividend income and medical aid how can they declare this asset to SARS or is it even required ?   Thanks  
by R. Esterhuyse
18 July 2017
Special Stoppers 7 T. Lopes It has taken 10 - 12 days for my clients refunds to be paid out, but they have been paid.
by C. Camara
13 July 2017
E-Filing Training for Tax Practitioners 0 E. Pretorius Hi there, I would like to find out if SAIT or SARS offer any E-Filing training in the Western Cape?
by E. Pretorius
01 June 2017
UIF/COIDA 1 B. Olivier Hi I did some reading on this, according to the Act it is as follow:Section 84 (1)(b) is the exemption application in the Act whereby you apply for exemption and the DG may/may not allow it. You need to have insurance with a "mutual association" a specific policy that cover your employees for injury on duty.According to my information the following mutual associations are approved by the DG: (Sect 30 of the Act), nl _ Federated Employers Mutual Assurance (FEMA), for the building industry_ Rand Mutual Assurance Company (RMA),for mining Hope this helps! I don't know about any application for exemption on UIF. Regards. Elize
by A. Symington
25 May 2017
Cant file RFR (Request for remission) on efiling 3 R. Esterhuyse Now Chrome and Adobe are working
by A. Babajee
23 May 2017
Bond store - rules 0 T. Sardine Good day,   Is there a limit on the value of goods that are to be kept in a bond store at any given point in time? Has SARS published anything?   Thank you, Tanya
by T. Sardine
15 May 2017
Clients information being withheld 1 P. Sookdeo Hi Pravesh, see below the matter discussed by SAIT on the tax talk weekly, emailed the 27 April 2017My suggestion is to make an arrangement with the client but you are entitled to keep your working papersCompliance FAQ: Negligence of tax professionalsBy SAIT Investigative CommitteeImportant! Release of eFiling ProfilesThe SAIT Technical Department has recently received an influx of queries regarding the release of eFiling profiles. Please bear in mind that as a practitioner it falls within your right to retain your working papers on a particular client but you may not prevent a taxpayer from submitting a tax return. Declining an eFiling tax type move request would be hindering the taxpayer’s ability to submit his tax return. We believe that it is unlawful to prevent a taxpayer from submitting their Income Tax return to SARS and may equally constitute misconduct by the tax practitioner concerned. It’s the taxpayers right to access the profile within a reasonable time period to submit his or her tax return. Therefore, even if the taxpayer has outstanding fees, the holding practitioner is obliged to approve the request. SARS does not involve themselves with 3rd party disputes between clients and practitioners and they will not see this reason as justifiable for non-submission of a tax return. If the issue is one of unpaid fees, you will need to take appropriate legal action against the client.
by S. du Toit
08 May 2017
Vat Registration on eFiling 1 S. Maharaj Hi, Just call them you may be surprised that the registration has already been done. This happened with one of my clients, no feedback at all yet when I visited the branch the registration was already complete, not one letter issued though?!
by B. Olivier
04 May 2017
Trust Income tax - Error (Please fill in all mandatory fields) 0 T. Donaldson Has anyone encountered this error whilst trying to submit a trust income tax return?  I've received this error on three returns now, even requested a new return and did it from scratch, but still receive the same error.  Everything has been filled in, amount of beneficiaries balance, etc. I've emailed but have not yet received any feedback.  Anyone know how to fix this?   Thanks   Timothy Donaldson
by T. Donaldson
12 April 2017
Due date of payment on assessment 1 A. Venter Section 162 of the Tax Administration Act(TAACT) provides that a taxpayer must pay normal tax due to SARS within a time period specified by the CSARS.Generally the assessment notice will specify the time frame within which to pay the outstanding tax.In other words it is SARS prerogative to decide on time period within which to pay the outstanding tax debt.. Also see paragraph 10.4 page 57 of SARS Short Guide to the TAACT.
by M. White
09 April 2017
Study Fees 2 C. Sitotombe Juta’s Income Tax has a great  commentary on education & training expenses incurred under the provisions of Section 11(a) of the Income Tax Act where they refer to the Smith case (30SATC 35) as being the leading case on the deduction of such expenses Another excellent commentary on the Smith case (supra) may be found in: Income Tax in South Africa Cases and Materials – 4th edition authored by RC Williams .Refer pages 579 to 584.  
by M. White
09 April 2017
UIF rates Increase 1 L. Spangenberg According to SAGE the following applies:South African companies must not adjust their payroll UIF contribution calculations this month following the news that the Minister of Labour has increased UIF benefits with effect from 1 April 2017. They instead must wait for the Minister of Finance to gazette the new contribution limits.The Minister of Labour announced on 17 March that the limit has been increased to R212 539 a year, R17 712 per month, and R4 087 a week. However, this change does not affect the calculation of the contribution value. Under the Unemployment Insurance Contributions Act, the contribution value will only be adjusted when the Minister of Finance publishes the new limits“For now, the contribution and benefit levels are out of lockstep, and companies should not base their payroll UIF contribution calculation on the new benefit limits,” says Rob Cooper, tax expert and Director of Legislation at Sage– one of South Africa’s leading providers of HR and payroll solutions.“Developers of computerised payroll systems should not, at this stage, have changed the contribution level. Unfortunately, the legislation around the UIF is poorly understood in the marketplace, which has led to some confusion.”Cooper says that he has drawn this issue to the attention of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) because it needs to be addressed urgently. Unless a notice in terms of the Contributions Act is published with the same limit value and effective date, the contribution and benefit limits will remain desynchronised.
by A. Colling
05 April 2017
Dividend tax 4 L. Vasapolli Dear,Hope this help, this is the communication that was received from SAICA after the budget speech. I do not know of the formal was send afterwards by SAICADirect mail from SAICA:"Dividends Withholding Tax (DWT) Rate IncreaseThere is some confusion regarding the effective date of the increase in the DWT rate from 15% to 20%, in respect of local dividends. We have confirmed that the effective date for this amendment is 22 February 2017. What this means for listed companies is that any dividends declared pre-22 February 2017, but paid after that date will be subject to the higher DWT rate of 20%. For unlisted companies, where dividends were declared (and were due and payable) pre-22 February 2017, the DWT rate applicable is 15%, even if it is paid after 22 February. For dividends declared (and due and payable), by unlisted companies, on/after 22 February 2017, the rate of 20% will apply. This is due to the "paid" term being defined in section 64E(2). For in specie dividends, the earlier of paid or due and payable will apply to both listed and unlisted companies as is the case with cash dividends for unlisted companies explained above.We have enquired from SARS as to what transitional arrangements will be made with respect to the DTR01 form as a result of the increased rate. We have been advised that the form will be revised for the amended rate mid-March 2017, to facilitate submission and payment by the end of March. The form currently requires disclosure of all dividends paid in a particular month and based on our understanding, one DWT rate may apply. However, in the scenario where an unlisted company has "paid" a dividend pre-22 February, a DTR01 must be submitted before end of March, but the 15% rate will apply. Similarly, where a company pays a dividend post 22 February 2017, it also will have to submit the DTR01 and make payment by 31 March 2017. However, in this case, the new 20% rate will apply. SARS will have to make provision to accommodate the two different DWT rates applicable in the circumstances. The same problem also results for companies doing late submissions or who are assessed on audit etc to have had a dividends tax liability pre-22 February 2017. SAICA is engaging SARS on the matter and will provide further guidance in due course."
by S. du Toit
28 February 2017
Refunds not being released due to a 'new' special stopper 19 T. Lopes This is no longer a joke. Still waiting for clients refund.It seems that the whole thing is to do the tax practitioner out of work. "Tax Practitioners must fall"
by E. Gibbon
23 November 2016
Objections old tax returns 1 R. Esterhuyse Hi RobI presume he must have submitted the returns manually? I have a few cases from 2002 - 2007 that I am dealing with and was able to submit the objections on efiling. The original returns were filed on efiling. Have you tried to request the IT34 on efiling and object from there?In my cases, I submitted the objections on eFiling and received a letter back to say they would be dealt with through another channel. I contacted Sars to find out whether I need to send this to the other channel (whatever that may be) or if they have. They advised that they send it through for manual objection and there is nothing further we need to do.This was only 5 weeks ago so I am not able to tell you what will come of this and whether it will be dealt with. Perhaps try requesting the IT34. If that doesn't work, maybe try to request the ITR12 as though it were a new return and see if you are able to do anything from there.Sorry - not really a solution for you but I thought it may help if I share what has happened with ours so far.Good luck!
by A. Venter
22 November 2016
Template letter valuation of company 0 R. Esterhuyse Morning All   I am seeking a template letter for the valuation of a company.   Thank you Rob
by R. Esterhuyse
22 November 2016
Turnover tax vs Income Tax 1 M. Lustgarten In terms of the Income Tax Act, the individual concerned will have to submit both a return of income (an ITR12) in respect of the remuneration and other income derived and a turnover tax form (in respect of his taxable turnover). We accept that the individual didn’t elect to be deregistered as a micro business – see paragraph 9 of the Sixth Schedule to the Income Tax Act. It is not correct to say that the turnover tax is in lieu of the other taxes. It merely provides an exemption (see section 10(1)(zJ)) in terms of which, any amount received by or accrued to or in favour of a registered micro business, from the carrying on of a business in the RSA, other than an amount received by or accrued to a natural person registered as a micro business that constitutes— (i) investment income as defined in paragraph 1 of the Sixth Schedule; or (ii) remuneration as defined in the Fourth Schedule; will be exempt from normal tax. Tax Helpline SAIT Technical
by C. Carstens
14 October 2016
42 working days after verification started and still no refund 5 D. du Plessis Hi there Talana (Lopes), Mike (White), and others. There's a SAIT Communication emailed to us today. But yes, I also tried to lodge a CMO complaint (after tax client went twice to SARS for lifting the same stopper)...and once submitting online CMO-compliant, is just comes back as "invalid" (without giving any reason online). Looks like were going to overwhelm the Ombud's inbox very soon! ;-) Tax regards, Michael Storm
by M. Storm
20 September 2016


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