ARTICLES RELATING TO TAX

Cyprus former central banker jailed

2014-10-27 12:15

A former governor of Cyprus's central bank has been sentenced to five months in jail on charges of evading tax on earnings following his retirement.

Alternative to e-filing

2014-10-23 18:27

As the November 21 tax season deadline fast approaches, tax payers now also have an alternative to e-filing.

Fiscal stimulus can become counter-productive

2014-10-23 06:00

The proposed adjustments - lower than planned spending and increased tax revenues - will require support from ordinary South Africans, says an expert.

Prepare to be taxed to save deficit - expert

2014-10-22 18:55

If you look at the collection estimates for 2015, South Africans can expect individual tax to be R6bn higher than the budget, says a tax expert.

Buyers may not be cleared on old rates, taxes

2014-10-22 06:00

The transfer of ownership of a property does not destroy a municipality's rights on the property regarding old outstanding rates and taxes, warns an expert.

Taxpayers in for added squeezing - analyst

2014-10-20 11:33

Taxpayers must prepare to further tighten their belts following the upcoming first mini budget from Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, warns an expert.

Ireland set for budget without tax hikes

2014-10-14 12:30

The Irish government is set to present its first budget without tax hikes or spending cuts in seven years.

Zambia to lift mining tax

2014-10-10 16:41

Zambia will increase underground mining royalties to 8% from 6% as part of an effort to revamp the industry's tax system, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda says.

Tax deductions and tax reforms

2014-10-09 15:53

A Fin24 user wants to know if Sars has changed the tax deductions on pension funds because of the new retirement reforms coming into effect.

Tax break for disability claimants

2014-10-07 17:32

The root of insufficient disability benefits lies with the method employers use to determine contributions.

Tax on withdrawal from preservation fund

2014-10-02 17:09

A Fin24 user has a question about how much can be withdrawn from a preservation fund and the tax on such a withdrawal.

Tax impact on property investments

2014-10-01 10:50

All income from property investments must be declared to Sars and is subject to income tax, including rental income, says a tax expert.

Third of Australian firms pay under 10% tax

2014-09-29 10:55

The use of global tax havens has allowed a third of top corporations in Australia to pay less than 10% tax, according to a study.

Capital gains tax exemption on primary property

2014-09-26 13:54

A Fin24 user is not sure whether he qualifies for an exemption from capital gains tax on the sale of his property.

SA firms stop Zim exports after new tax laws

2014-09-15 19:36
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New duty taxes implemented by the Zimbabwean government to protect local firms have already seen some South African firms cease exports to the country.

Sasol unit trust and capital gains tax

2014-09-08 15:09

A Fin24 user wants to know if he will pay capital gains tax if he transfers money from his Sasol unit trust into a living annuity.

Vote to scrap Aus super profits tax

2014-09-02 13:06

Australia's upper house Senate has voted to repeal a tax on mining industry super profits, a major victory for conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Medical tax credits and Sars codes

2014-09-01 16:18

A Fin24 user wants to know which Sars code to use for additional medical tax credits.

Taxing sugary drinks may reduce obesity in SA

2014-08-20 12:12

Instituting a 20 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages may reduce obesity among young adults in South Africa.

More clout for tax on sugary drinks

2014-08-20 08:55

A suggested tax on sugar sweetened beverages has been given more credence in a research paper by academics from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Tax investigator to be removed - claim

2014-08-17 14:14

The Reserve Bank has declined to comment on a report in the Sunday Times that top tax investigator Johan van Loggerenberg "looks set" to be removed.

Estate duty on loans not recovered

2014-08-13 17:45

A Fin24 user wants to know if there would still be estate duty on a loan which could not be recovered.

Company provident fund vs self-insurance

2014-08-11 18:24

A Fin24 user wants to know what his rights are regarding a company provident fund or self-insurance.

Sars hit by love affair turned sour

2014-08-10 10:18

Sensational accusations are flying after a love affair turned sour between a SA Revenue Service enforcement boss and a top tobacco lawyer.

 

Nene ducks questions on tax changes

2014-10-26 16:21

The Treasury would not divulge to members of parliament which tax categories - whether personal or corporate - would be affected in the February budget.

Watch out for tax increases, experts warn

2014-10-23 07:00

The economy needs to accelerate significantly to meet even the revised GDP forecasts, experts warn.

Buyers may not be cleared on old rates, taxes

2014-10-22 21:25

The transfer of ownership of a property does not destroy a municipality's rights on the property regarding old outstanding rates and taxes, warns an expert.

Big focus on Nene's tax messages

2014-10-22 11:05

Signs of consistency on tax policy and proposals in the long term will be important in Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's first mini budget, says an expert.

Lindiwe Zulu: Tax important for SA

2014-10-21 16:23

The tax needs of small and medium enterprises needed to be balanced with those of government, says Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu.

Resigning to access retirement savings

2014-10-15 16:39

A Fin24 user says he is forced to resign from his job so that he can withdraw money from his retirement savings.

Ten fun ways to spend a tax refund

2014-10-14 07:31

Celebrate 100 years of paying tax in SA by using your refund to spoil yourself, says Adriaan Kruger.

Property owners not liable for old rates, taxes

2014-10-10 10:39

A new judgment rules that property owners are not liable to pay for rates and taxes incurred by previous owners.

Nokia halts production at Indian factory

2014-10-07 18:15

Nokia is suspending production at its Indian factory as a dispute with tax authorities is hindering finding a buyer for the facility that employs 7 000 workers.

UBS faces fine of up to $6.3bn in tax probe

2014-10-03 12:30

Switzerland's largest bank UBS could face a fine of up to $6.3bn if found guilty in a French investigation into whether it helped wealthy customers avoid tax.

No more VAT fat for developers

2014-10-01 10:52

Unprepared property developers are in for a nasty shock when VAT relief designed to assist with cash flow comes to an end on the first day of 2015.

UK vows crackdown on tax-avoiding tech firms

2014-09-29 15:15

British finance minister George Osborne says he will clamp down on tax avoidance by technology companies which try to minimise their contributions.

Austria targets €5bn in tax relief

2014-09-28 13:00

Austria aims to put together a tax relief package worth €5bn next year, which could promote growth in a sluggish economy without boosting deficits and debt.

Lonmin denies tax evasion claims

2014-09-23 15:46

Lonmin has denied allegations it was evading tax, after calls that the company should be investigated.

Plans to crack down on corporate tax avoidance

2014-09-16 16:53

Plans for rewriting international tax rules could eliminate structures that have allowed companies like Google and Amazon.com to shave billions of off tax.

S Korea aims to double cigarette prices

2014-09-11 14:48

South Korea has proposed a tax hike as early as next year that would nearly double cigarette prices as the government tries to reduce smoking rates.

Zambia waives VAT rule for mining firms

2014-09-03 11:01

Zambia will waive a rule requiring mining companies and other exporters to produce import certificates from destination countries in order to claim tax refunds.

Burger King manoeuvres to cut US tax bill

2014-09-02 09:58

The Burger King rate is 30% lower than the average tax rate it paid in the five years before it was bought in 2010 by private equity group 3G.

Not-so-sweet timebomb

2014-08-25 07:31

The sugar juggernaut could take a financial toll on all of us, says Mandi Smallhorne.

Bitcoin not taxable as a currency

2014-08-20 10:34

Crypto-currencies such as Bitcoin should not be considered as money or a foreign currency when it comes to taxation, Australia's tax authority has ruled.

France to boost housing, cut taxes for low-paid

2014-08-19 11:15

The French government will announce measures soon to boost construction and give tax relief to low income households.

Qualifying for turnover tax or not

2014-08-14 16:43

A Fin24 user is not sure when a business must register for turnover tax, since the term "personal service provider" is very wide.

Sars love-affair: Lawyer rejects reports

2014-08-11 18:53

The lawyer who laid a complaint against Sars group executive Johann van Loggenberg after their relationship ended has called media reports false and defamatory.

Spying, 'double-agents' part of Sars probe

2014-08-10 14:24

It has evidence of "double agents" and false allegations, says Sars in reaction to a Pretoria lawyer's complaint against her former lover, a Sars official.

New tax law and my living annuity

2014-08-06 17:21

A Fin24 user who has reinvested all his pension money in a living annuity is not sure how a new tax law will affect his situation.

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