NEWS | MORE AND MORE SOUTH AFRICANS ARE EMIGRATING TO MAURITIUS

The number of South Africans leaving the country on a permanent basis has increased “exponentially” and many are opting for the island life in Mauritius, not only for its beauty, but certainly for greater financial and tax security.

NEWS | EXPAT TAX – SUPREME COURT OF APPEAL HANDS SARS BIG WIN OVER BMW AND THEIR BIG 4 ADVISORS

The Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) delivered a judgment on 6 September 2019 that handed SARS one of their most influential wins in recent times. The SARS Commissioner did not pull any punches and took BMW South Africa to task on tax services performed for their expatriates by their top tier advisors KPMG and PWC. […]

NEWS | THE TAX REVOLT IS ALREADY IN FULL SWING

For some time now, there has been murmurs of a tax revolt amongst South African taxpayers. For too many reasons to mention, South African taxpayers, sometimes publicly, contemplate the notion of disregarding their tax obligations. The SARS Commissioner has taken note of the pervasive disillusionment amongst taxpayers and noted his concern at this year’s Tax […]

NEWS | DON’T FORGET THESE DEDUCTIONS WHEN SUBMITTING YOUR TAX RETURNS

During tax season, citizens will flock to the South African Revenue Service’s (SARS) branches to submit their annual tax returns. However, when doing so, some people always focus on remuneration tax and forget about other deductions.

NEWS | EXPAT TAX 2020 ALL YOUR BURNING QUESTIONS ANSWERED BY OUR EXPERTS

As March 2020 approaches, when SA ‘Expat Tax’ is due to be implemented, we’ve been inundated with questions from South Africans working abroad. Here are some of the latest questions from SAPeople followers around the world, with answers kindly provided by the expert tax team at Financial Emigration. 

NEWS | SARS DECLARES WAR ON NON-COMPLIANCE

SARS Commissioner, Edward Kieswetter, has used the South African Institute of Tax Professionals’ Tax Indaba as a platform to fire a shot across the bow, letting taxpayers know that non-compliance will be met with the full force of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA). The Commissioner has allied himself with the NPA and concluded a new […]

NEWS | WHEN TAX PLANNING BECOMES TAX AVOIDANCE – EXPERTS WEIGH IN

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants is looking into whether aggressive tax planning is ethical, even if it is legal, according to Saadiya Adam, a technical advisor for the IESBA.

1 MARCH 2020 – DO YOU AS EMPLOYER HAVE YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW?

The amendment to section 10(1)(o)(ii) of the Income Tax Act (“foreign employment exemption”) takes effect from 1 March 2020. Presumably, employees that would be affected thereby have done the necessary planning to sidestep any potential additional tax that may follow the amendment; or at least did their homework to attenuate the impact thereof. A question […]

NEWS | MASSIVE JUMP IN THE NUMBER OF SOUTH AFRICANS APPLYING TO FINANCIALLY EMIGRATE

With D-Day for overseas tax looming, expats are seeking ways to counter becoming sitting ducks for corner-cutting tax agents coming out of the woodwork for a kill.

NEWS | SOUTH AFRICAN EXPATS IN SHARK INFESTED WATERS – EXPAT TAX LAW CHANGE COMMENCING MARCH 2020

South African expats have been subjected to vast amounts of conflicting information regarding the amended expat law change, causing uncertainty and panic in their preparations for 1 March 2020.

NEWS | THE EXCHANGE CONTROL REGULATION OF MONEY IN SOUTH AFRICA TO ABROAD

With several alarming indicators showing that more South Africans are leaving the country, an increasing number of people have started to research their options on how to move money offshore. Tax Consulting SA has also noted a large increase in individuals who are expatriating funds and investing these funds offshore.

NEWS | SOUTH AFRICAN TAX LAW – IS MAURITIUS YOUR NEW HOME

South Africans living and working abroad are faced with possible taxation on their foreign earned income. The reason for this, is the amendment of section 10(1)(o)(ii) of the Income Tax Act No. 58 of 1962 – this section is commonly known as the “expat exemption”.

EXPAT TAX: EXPERT ANSWERS FOR SOUTH AFRICANS LIVING AND WORKING ABROAD

Thanks to popular demand, here are more ‘Expat Tax’ questions submitted by SAPeople members, with answers kindly provided by the expert tax team at Tax Consulting South Africa.

NEWS | FINANCIAL EMIGRATION IS THE NEW WAY OUT

Financial emigration is on the rise – by 30% over the last two years, according to Claudia Apicella, head of Financial Emigration, a specialist advisory group targeting financial emigres.

TAX FILING SEASON – HERE ARE SOME CHANGES FROM SARS

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is acutely aware of the decline in tax moral and tax compliance, say Thamasanqa Msiza, senior tax consultant & Darren Britz, senior tax attorney at Tax Consulting SA. Many of the changes to the annual tax Filing Season this year is to lower the cost of compliance for taxpayers, […]

MASSIVE JUMP IN THE NUMBER OF SOUTH AFRICANS APPLYING TO FINANCIALLY EMIGRATE

The number of people enquiring and actually going through with the process of financial emigration has “skyrocketed”, says Jonty Leon, legal manager at Financial Emigration.

NEWS | TAX FILING SEASON: DON’T MISS OUT ON YOUR TAX RETURN

Taxpayers earning less than R500 000 per annum from one employer in a single tax year are not required by SARS to file their tax returns. However, tax consultants advise that taxpayers should still file their returns if there is a chance they would get a tax refund.