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Updates on technical issues encountered on eFiling, with feedback from SARS and SAIT.

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Tax Administration & Interpretation
(SARS and Office of the Tax Ombud)

Notice R1042 GG 42621 Amendment of form DA 1
DA 1 - report inwards outwards for ships
Notice 429 GG42316 - 18 March 2019 - Electronic Services


Mark Roy Lifman,The Close Corporations, Companies and Trusts vs C:SARS (Case Number: 22820/2016)

This is an application to stay the execution process commenced pursuant to taxes raised following the late filing of VAT and tax returns, and a section 50 enquiry - Tax Administration Act, 28 of 2011.

Benhaus Mining (Pty) Ltd v CSARS - 22 March 2019

A company that excavates ground and digs up mineral-bearing ore for a fee on delivery to another entity that processes the ore, undertakes mining operations within the meaning of ss 1 and 15(a) of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1968. It is thus entitled to claim deductions of the full amount of capital expenditure on mining equipment in the tax year in which it is incurred, in terms of s 36(7C) of the Act

SARS Court Cases
ABC Company v The Commissioner of SARS (IT 14106) (31 January 2019)

Whether the taxpayer was entitled to be a PBO and be allowed a tax exemption in terms of section 10(1).

SARS Court Cases

Legislative & Policy
(National Treasury & Parliament)

The state of local government finances and financial management as at 30 June 2018
Provisional Financing Figures as at 31 July 2019
Media Statement: Increase in Weekly Bond Auction Levels

Call For Comment
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International and Regional News

OECD releases first stage 2 monitoring reports for BEPS Action 14 on improving tax dispute resolution mechanisms

The work on BEPS Action 14 continues with today’s publication of the first round of stage 2 peer review monitoring reports, which consists of monitoring the follow-up of any recommendations resulting from jurisdictions' stage 1 peer review reports.

Namibia joins the Inclusive Framework on BEPS

The Inclusive Framework on BEPS welcomes Namibia bringing to 134 the total number of countries and jurisdictions participating on an equal footing in the Project.

Albania joins the Inclusive Framework on BEPS

The Inclusive Framework on BEPS welcomes Albania bringing to 133 the total number of countries and jurisdictions participating on an equal footing in the Project.

CPD Events


Warranty and indemnity insurance in South Africa’s M&A environment

Warranty and indemnity (W&I) insurance provides cover for losses arising from a breach of a warranty and claims under a tax indemnity arising from a merger or acquisition (M&A) contract.

DAC 6: UK implementation of the new EU tax disclosure rules

DAC 6 imposes mandatory reporting of cross-border arrangements affecting at least one EU member state where the arrangements fall within one of a number of “hallmarks”.

29/07/19 VAT Alert - VAT treatment of foreign donor funded projects On 22 July, the Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2019, was released for public comment and contains proposed amendments VAT treatment of foreign donor funded projects. Download P...
Real Estate Focus – July 2019

In this edition, we provide updates on proposed reforms to residential leases;, a new register of overseas entities;, property taxes; and the effect of Brexit on leases.

Africa Tax Update: Quarterly Newsletter

On 30 May 2019, an important milestone in the history of Africa was reached when the Agreement establishing the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) entered into force.
In this edition, our contributors look at the AfCFTA from two different angles.
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Femi Oke
PWC Synopsis June 2019

A monthly journal, published by PwC South Africa, that gives informed commentary on current developments in the tax arena, both locally and internationally.

South African Tax Court rules in favour of taxpayer in ‘most favoured nation’ test case

On 12 June 2019 the Cape Town Tax Court delivered its judgment in the dividends tax test case between ABC Pty Ltd (Taxpayer) and the South African Revenue Service (SARS). The case pertained to SARS’s refusal to refund dividends tax overpaid by the Taxpayer following the Taxpayer’s interpretation of the ‘most favoured nation’ provision (MFN clause) in the double taxation agreement (DTA) between South Africa (SA) and the Netherlands (SA/Netherlands DTA) (Dutch MFN clause), read with...

Mareli Treurnicht and Emil Brincker - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr
PWC Tax Alert - 2019 Tax Filing Season

On Friday, 28 June 2019 the SA Revenue Service (“SARS”) issued a public notice requiring taxpayers to submit their tax returns for the 2019 year of assessment. 

Video: Proposed gambling tax draft legislation

Louis Botha, Associate in the Tax & Exchange Control practice, joined eNCA to discuss the proposed gambling tax draft legislation that will be introduced during 2019.

Louis Botha - Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr

Tax News In The Press

Mpumalanga Man Found Guilty and Sentenced for SARS Fraud

[SAPS] Godfrey Sifiso Tony Lukhele (33) was found guilty on 131 counts of fraud by the Nelspruit Regional Court on the 29 July 2019 for defrauding the South African Revenue Services (SARS) over R3million value added tax (VAT) returns.

Country's Finances Are in Bad Shape. It's Running Out of Time to Fix Them

[The Conversation Africa] South Africa's public finances are in a perilous state. There are four main reasons for this. First, economic growth is low or non-existent. Second, tax revenue collection is repeatedly below forecasts. Third, debt levels have risen rapidly and are now at their highest levels in the post-apartheid era. Fourth, the poor performance of state-owned enterprises is necessitating large-scale government support.

Changes to venture capital incentive ‘misdirected’

National Treasury has proposed changes that will reintroduce a limit to the tax benefit for taxpayers investing in venture capital companies (VCCs).

Amanda Visser
Income Tax Practice Note 2 of 1996 withdrawn 5 August 2019 with effect from 1 April 2012
Tom Moyane to Take Legal Action Against ANC Vet Snuki Zikalala for Spy Claims

[News24Wire] Former SARS commissioner Tom Moyane is taking legal action against ANC Veterans' League president Snuki Zikalala for claims he was possibly "used by the apartheid regime".

Draft Income Tax Amendment Bill 30 July 2019