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What is VAT?

August 30, 2017

Most of us know that VAT stands for Value Added Tax and is currently levied at the standard rate of 14% in South Africa, but what exactly is this system and why is it in place? These are some of the questions we will review in this article to provide a better understanding of the […]

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Tax considerations on retirement

July 29, 2017

retirement and tax

In our previous blog article titled ‘Retirement funds and tax’, we looked at tax implications while saving for retirement and the recent changes in legislation that allow you to save up to 27.5% of your taxable income when making retirement contributions. Retirement structure is based on three legs, namely exempt, exempt, and taxed. While saving […]

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Retirement Funds and Tax

June 30, 2017

Retirement planning is a long term commitment and for most of us, it entails a consistent monthly payment until you reach retirement age. Whether you are self-employed and contribute directly, or your employer is submitting payments on your behalf, these payments become part of life – or perceived as another expense at month-end – and […]

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Working overseas? Proposed legislature changes may affect you

May 26, 2017

Thousands of South Africans leave the country each year to earn a better wage, enticed by the favorable remuneration packages being offered. Low tax rates or tax-free jurisdictions such as Dubai in the Middle East are strong magnets for South Africans where despite harsh conditions, long working hours and separation from their families, they are […]

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Dividend Tax hiked to 20%

April 30, 2017

Shareholders brace yourself, the dividend tax rate just jumped up from 15% to 20% as of February 22nd, 2017. The reason given by government was to reduce the difference between the combined statutory tax rate on dividends and the top marginal personal income tax rate. Does Dividend Tax apply to me? Dividend Tax is a […]

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Income Tax Brackets

March 3, 2017

After this year’s budget, most tax brackets saw their ceilings raised slightly while the most significant change was the introduction of a new tax bracket for the wealthy.     Income Tax Calculators The tax brackets below are key to calculating your taxable income and are what online tax calculators use to provide you with […]

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Budget 2017

February 22, 2017

With South Africa experiencing low economic growth, high unemployment, slow progress in education and uneven income growth, it was only expected that our finance minister Pravin Gordhan would need to make tough decisions in his 2017 budget. While many of these tougher measures span the full scope of the budget, we will be purely focusing […]

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Securities Transfer Tax

January 28, 2017

In this article we will look at one of the lesser known taxes called Securities Transfer Tax, which is usually synonymous with investment. If you have ever been issued a security, then you may have likely been charged Securities Transfer Tax. For those of you that may be unfamiliar with what a security is, let’s […]

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How to select a Durban accountant?

December 16, 2016

Dirmeik Consulting has recently expanded into KwaZulu-Natal and we wanted to offer advice for businesses looking for an accounting firm or tax consultant in the greater Durban area.     Accounting companies in Durban When looking for an accounting firm, it is human nature to first see if someone in your business circle can refer […]

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How to select the right tax consultant in Johannesburg?

November 29, 2016

Jozi, the city of gold and the richest province in South Africa. While Johannesburg’s gold rush has long passed, many still flock to Joburg for lucrative employment and business opportunities. For the businesses and individuals reaping the rewards of Joburg’s economy, it becomes increasingly important to find a quality accountant and tax consultant. In this […]

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