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NEWS| THINK TWICE BEFORE ACCEPTING YOUR SARS AUTO-ASSESSMENT

SARS’ announcement that it has started auto-assessing certain taxpayers may lead some people to believe they no longer need to worry about their tax submissions.

New Tax Bills Impose Stricter Rules To Take Retirement Funds Abroad

NEWS | NEW TAX BILLS IMPOSE STRICTER RULES TO TAKE RETIREMENT FUNDS ABROAD

The draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (“TLAB”) was published on 31 July 2020 and with it comes an overhaul of the regime for taking your retirement funds abroad.

NEWS | NATIONAL TREASURY SEEKS MUCH MORE BITE FOR SARS ON CRIMINAL TAX OFFENCES

The new Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (“TALAB”), released on 31 July 2020, proposes a law change that will effectively lower the threshold for SARS and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to criminally prosecute taxpayers.

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NEWS | TAXMAN GIVES 7 MONTHS’ NOTICE – THEREAFTER RETIREMENT FUNDS CAPTURED FOR 3 YEARS

Government Moving to Hold onto South African’s Retirement Funds On 31 July 2020, the Draft Tax Law Amendment Bill (“TLAB”) contained a hidden announcement, which may prove to be the final straw for many ex-South Africans who still have retirement investments left in South Africa. The TLAB seeks to legislate to prevent a South African […]

Under Which Circumstances Are You Allowed To Withdraw Your Retirement Annuility

NEWS | UNDER WHICH CIRCUMSTANCES ARE YOU ALLOWED TO WITHDRAW YOUR RETIREMENT ANNUITY?

Currently, individuals are able to withdraw their retirement annuity when they turn 55 or when they financially emigrate and their emigration has been approved by the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) and by the South African Reserve Bank (“SARB”).

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NEWS | SOUTH AFRICANS WORKING ABROAD: MUST YOU SUBMIT A TAX RETURN TO SARS?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the restrictions implemented, the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”) has pushed back the 2020 tax season by two months. The 2020 tax season will now open on the 1st of September 2020, and closes on the 16th of November 2020, for online submissions, and 22 October 2020, for branch […]

The Uncertain Future Of Financial Emigration

NEWS | THE UNCERTAIN FUTURE OF FINANCIAL EMIGRATION

The History of the Policy Shift A quick recap for newcomers to taxation of South Africans abroad is that after a near two decade policy of giving an employment tax exemption to South Africans performing employment services abroad, there was a material policy shift by National Treasury and SARS, first to completely remove the exemption […]

SARS Auto Assessments-Why SA Expats Must Be Fully Compliant

NEWS | SARS NEW AUTO-ASSESSMENTS: WHY SOUTH AFRICAN EXPATRIATES MUST BE FULLY COMPLIANT

With the effects of COVID-19 hitting the National Treasury where it hurts the most, in the pocket; SARS has introduced auto-assessments.

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NEWS | THE ORGANISATION FOR ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT IS CLEANING THE GLOBE

Looking at global statistics and for those following international news, it appears South Africans can be grateful for not being hit as hard as other countries by Covid-19; yet.

South African Expats Beware Of SARS Using Third Party Information

NEWS | SA EXPATS BEWARE: SARS EYES OFFSHORE ASSETS, FOREIGN INCOME AND BANK ACCOUNTS

Following SARS’ media statement on 5 May 2020, it is clear that revenue collection is under immense pressure with an expected collection shortfall of between 15% – 20%.