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2019 BizFacility: VAT Masterclass (Johannesburg)
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2019/10/08 to 2019/10/09
When: 8 & 9 October 2019
From 9:00am until 3:00pm
Where: Midrand Conference Centre
661 Pendulum Rd
Halfway House Ext 12, Midrand
Johannesburg, Gauteng  2010
South Africa
Contact: Thabelo Raivhogo

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  • Tax audits and disputes
  • The VAT refund process
  • How the diesel rebate works
  • Input tax reversals by SARS

Is more and more of your chargeable time taken up by these issues with no result?
Do you spend hours calling the SARS call centre only to receive countless “case numbers”? Are you really able to deal with this?

If SARS audits you, are you really confident that your VAT knowledge is up to scratch? And do you know what to say to the diesel rebate auditors when they automatically reverse another 20% of your claim?

Have you declared VAT correctly on those grey VAT areas like debtor’s overpayments, sale of company cars, VAT on fringe benefits?

If any of the above applies to you, or if you need to improve your VAT knowledge, then the VAT Masterclass is for you.

Course Content

The two-day course deals with comprehensive VAT matters. The course covers everything from registration requirements through to more complex issues and legal rules, focusing on refunds, objections and appeals, and what to do when SARS ignores this, “cancels” them or merely debits money from the bank account. We also discuss the diesel rebate and many of the issues surrounding it.

What you will gain from The VAT Masterclass

You will gain an understanding of how VAT works. The course will equip you to deal with VAT questions and legal issues, and ensure that you are not tripped up by any of SARS’ questions. Most of all, the VAT Masterclass gives you confidence because your VAT knowledge will be strengthened. You will also learn how to correctly deal with the diesel rebate and face down SARS when they threaten to “add back your diesel claims”. And what’s more, the class notes will serve as a go-to reference long after you have attended the classes.

Who should attend the VAT Masterclass?

Anybody who deals with VAT (and the diesel rebate). This includes accountants, bookkeepers, auditors, debtors clerks, creditors clerks, financial managers, financial controllers, financial directors, managing directors, tax and VAT consultants, owners, proprietors, CEOs, CFOs and MDs.


Day 1: Tuesday 8 October

VAT Foundations

  • VAT jargon explained
  • Enterprise: Are you operating one?
  • VAT registration: Effective date, back dating and the BIG 5-year back claim the RAV01, SARS appointments and documents?
  • VAT deregistration: When it is necessary and the financial implications

Rules on when VAT is paid (or claimed)

  • Charging section
  • Accounting bases: Using invoices or payments when considering VAT
  • Time of supply: When VAT should be paid or claimed
  • Proforma invoices: What is so dangerous about them?
  • Open market value

Output tax

  • Standard rated supplies: When 15% should or should not be charged (including some information about the rate change)
  • Zero-rated supplies: Can I charge 0% VAT and still claim all the input tax?
  • Exempt supplies: What these are and how they affect your input tax
  • Deemed supplies: Paying VAT to SARS when you did not actually sell anything
  • Non-supplies: What it is not
  • Mixed supplies and apportionment: The concept explained, the calculations and how it affects your output and input tax

Special rules

  • Selling scrap, old goods, company cars, or goods you would not normally sell: Should you charge VAT?
  • Fixed properties and commercial accommodation: Should you pay VAT when you buy property and can you claim the VAT back?
  • Recovery of costs/on charging/costs recovery: Know once and for all how to charge VAT

VAT on this contentious issue. With supporting SARS rulings.

  • Non-profit organisations and welfare: Find out how VAT can benefit your organisation
  • Donations and sponsorships: Confirm how VAT works for these
  • Adjustments: What they are and why you should consider them

DAY 2: Wednesday 9 October

Input tax

  • General rules
  • The tax invoice: Valid tax invoice requirements and when you do not need an invoice
  • National input tax and VAT264
  • What you can and cannot claim:
    • Denied deductions
    • Defining “in the course of the enterprise”
    • The 12-month add-back rule
    • Bad debts: What the VAT Act does not say
    • Agent/principal deductions
    • Non-profit and corporate social responsibility deductions
    • Five-year rule

VAT returns

  • A run-through of the return: Tips on how to complete
  • The diesel rebate: How to claim and how its refund process works
  • Timing
  • VAT payments: How much time you have, penalties and interest
  • Understatement penalties
  • VAT refunds: How much time SARS has, the “pop-up letter”, uploading documents, what to do when SARS does not refund you, what to do when SARS reverses your input tax
  • Interest on late refunds: How to demand it

Assessments, objections and appeals

  • Timing
  • Assessments: What are the reasons
  • The “rules”: What they are and how they affect the entire objection and appeal process
  • Keeping timelines and the basics
  • Objections: Why wording is important, what to do if SARS issues a notice of invalidity and how to count days
  • Appeals: Revealing the shocking untruth we have always believed, and why you should not leave it to someone else to do

Q+A Session: Bring along your documents, SARS letters, SARS allegations and any other problems you have.


Dee Bezuidenhout

Event investment

Day 1

Date: 8 October 2018

Venue: Midrand Conference Centre - JHB

Time: 9am to 3.30pm

Day 2

Date: 9 October 2018

Venue: Midrand Conference Centre - JHB

Time: 9am to 3.30pm

Cost: R6 950.00 per delegate (Member and Non-member)

Please note: This event is not covered by any CPD package. (Not yet a subscriber? Please click here for more information).

Payments & Cancellations

  • All payments must be made by EFT or by credit card, at least 3 working days before commencement of an event.
  • Kindly note that should payment not been received 2 days after the event, legal action will be taken
  • Proof of payment will be requested at registration, if payment at that point in time has not been reflected on SAIT's bank account.
  • Only written notice of cancellation will be recognised.
  • Conditions:
    • If the cancellation occurs more than 4 working days prior to the event no cancellation fee will be charged.
    • If the cancellation occurs less than 4 working days prior to the event a 100% cancellation fee will apply.
  • Delegates who book and fail to attend will be liable for the full event fee.
  • SAIT's liability in the case of an event being cancelled will be limited to a refund or credit of the event fee.
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