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How to get a tax refund from Sars

Increase your chances of getting a refund from the South African Revenue Service (Sars)! If you derive your income from salaried employment, and wish to utilise the tax laws in South Africa to minimise your tax liability and maximise your refund from Sars upon filing your annual tax return, this book is for you… “How…

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Five lessons from Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year on scaling up your company

scaling up your company

Building a successful company is really tough. Even when you have made it through the start-up phase – product development, market fit, building a team, earning first traction – the process of scaling up remains a challenging road. Louw Barnardt – Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Louw Barnardt CA(SA), recently named the Emerging Entrepreneur of…

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Six SARS Audit Tips


Last week we were asked what Mr Edward Kieswetter’s first actions should be when he takes over the reins at SARS on 1 May. The answer for us was a no-brainer, crack down on those implicated in the State Capture Inquiry, starting with the beans spilled on Bosasa. Maybe SARS was listening or perhaps a…

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Tax Ombud: ‘Systemic investigations the way forward’

Eric Mkhawane

Outgoing CEO Eric Mkhawane reflects on five years of resolving issues between taxpayers and Sars. The Office of the Tax Ombud should conclude its systemic investigations into problems with Pay-As-You Earn (PAYE) statements of account and alleged non-adherence to dispute resolution timeframes by the South African Revenue Service (Sars) shortly. Its outgoing CEO, Eric Mkhawane,…

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South Africa’s big tax gap problem

Tax South Africa

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) reported its preliminary results at the start of April, which exposed a revenue collection shortfall of approximately R14.6 billion for the 2018/19 financial year. This makes it the fifth consecutive year that the organisation has missed its collection targets. However, what is not immediately clear from the numbers above,…

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