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Budget 2015: Corporates to tread carefully, relief for SMMEs

Published: Fri, 27 Feb 15

South Africa's financial system is intact and Government is not planning to overburden tax payers. This was the key message for delegates at the Deloitte Budget breakfast, held in Cape Town this morning. "This was a Budget that calmed many nerves," said Anthea Scholtz, Tax Director at Deloitte ...
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World remains an oyster for wealthy post 2015 budget

Published: Fri, 27 Feb 15

Cape Town: The latest budget is a bitter sweet one for high net worth individuals, with this year’s tax blow softer than expected, and good news on foreign regulations. Even though personal tax and tax on trusts have increased by 1%, and the transfer fees on homes over R2,5-million have gone up by 3%, ...
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USA/SA FATCA agreement now prevents secret investments

Published: Fri, 27 Feb 15

By Peter Surtees, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa In February 2014 SARS announced that the implementation date of the FATCA Agreement with the USA was 28 October 2014. What does this mean? FATCA is the international agreement imposed by the USA on all signatories (which in effect means any ...
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Engage with Africa on a long-term basis - Ecobank Group CEO Albert Essien tells investors

Published: Fri, 27 Feb 15

Ecobank chief gives keynote at 4th Conference on Managing Risk in Africa MUNICH, Germany: Ecobank Group CEO Albert Essien (http://www. ecobank. com) gave the keynote address in Munich today at the 4th Conference on Managing Risk in Africa. Mr Essien offered strategies for managing risk in Africa’s growth ...
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Budget 2015: a glimmer of hope for SMEs

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

This year's budget from Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene showed some support for the country’s SMEs by giving further tax relief to the smallest enterprises, yet it could have done more to help local businesses prosper. That’s according to Daryl Blundell, GM of Sage Pastel Accounting, who says that the ...
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When should you start investing in tax-free savings?

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

        René Grobler, Head of Investec Cash Investments         Changing South Africa’s bad savings culture will be no easy task but examples of other emerging markets who have succeeded in this area provide important learnings ...
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Norton Rose Fulbright on the South African National Budget 2015

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

The budget speech delivered on 25 February 2015 by the Minister of Finance, Minister Nene, left many struggling to reconcile the changes, with the tone of the Medium Term Budget Speech (MTBS) delivered by the Minister as recently as October 2014. In what was a relatively light-touch budget, the trend set by the previous ...
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The SA 2015/16 Budget Speech - What does it mean for you?

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

By Nazrien Kader Managing Partner: Deloitte Africa Taxation Services During his inaugural Budget Speech, the Honourable Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene addressed the nation on critical issues impacting the economy, setting out plans to stimulate growth in South Africa. Deloitte brings you our perspective of ...
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The 2015 Budget and Consumer Financial Wellness

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

By Frank Magwegwe Segment CEO: Momentum Retail​ The 2015 budget gets my thumbs up! I characterize it as a “stability budget. ” For me, it is a stability budget because Minister Nene’s revenue and spending measures are aimed at stabilizing the public finances. For the consumer in general, ...
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New age e-commerce consumers challenge traditional business models

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

African consumers are increasingly searching online platforms with commercial intent          Charles Brewer, Managing Director   DHL Express Sub-Saharan Africa         CAPE-TOWN, South-Africa: The rise of e-commerce on the African ...
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Liberty delivers another year of solid operational performance with growth of 18%

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

Refocused strategy positions the group for a new growth phase Financial Highlights BEE normalised operating earnings up 18% BEE normalised group equity value per share up 11% BEE normalised return on group equity value up 5% Group equity value R40bn, up 11% Net customer cash inflows for long-term ...
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SA employers under pressure to prepare payrolls for 2015/6 budget

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

By Madelein van der Watt, Development Manager Sage Pastel Payroll & HR South African employers must act fast to prepare their payroll systems and processes for the new tax brackets and calculations announced in Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s maiden budget speech. That’s the word from Madelein ...
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Pre-incorporation contracts may bind you personally

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

By Christine Rodrigues, Director Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa A person (company or individual) who enters into, or purports to act for, a company still to be incorporated under the Companies Act 2008 is jointly and severally liable for liabilities under the pre-incorporation contract if the entity is not ...
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More on Tax Free savings

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

Fees in respect of tax free investment The list of definitions states: A “fee” includes a management fee, administration fee or any similar charge; The regulations stipulate that “any fee charged in respect of a tax free investment must be reasonable. ” It also does not allow product ...
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Tax Free Savings Approved

Published: Thu, 26 Feb 15

The final Notice and Regulations that allow for the introduction of Tax Free Savings and Investment Accounts (“TFSAs”) with effect from 1 March 2015 were approved by the Minister of Finance, according to a media release by the National Treasury on Friday. This incentive is an important tool to ...
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Deloitte 2015 Budget Commentary

Published: Wed, 25 Feb 15

By Kay Walsh, Deloitte Executive Lead in Economics Facing economic realities In his 2015 Budget Speech, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene notes that the negative impact of the persistent electricity constraint is far-reaching and is not only holding back growth in the relatively electricity-intensive mining ...
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Deloitte 2015 Budget Commentary

Published: Wed, 25 Feb 15

By Anthea Scholtz, Tax Partner, Deloitte Higher income, higher taxes Overall, the Budget contains a significant amount of tax proposals and broadly speaking, the main underlying goal of these proposals is to stabilise the fiscus whilst at the same time ensuring that our tax system remains fair, efficient and ...
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PwC Tax Comment on the 2015 Budget Review

Published: Wed, 25 Feb 15

By Carmen Moss-Holstock, PwC Tax Manager Value-Added Tax (VAT) South Africa’s VAT rate of 14% remains unchanged, despite findings by the Davis Tax Committee that VAT could be increased in line with other countries and OECD members. Should changes to the electronic services regulations be accepted, the ...
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PwC Tax Comment on the 2015 Budget Review

Published: Wed, 25 Feb 15

Personal Income Tax The Finance Minister proposes that the marginal personal income tax rates increase by 1% for all income tax brackets, with the exception of the lowest bracket which will remain at 18%. This means that a taxpayer earning approximately R100,000 per year will have an additional R44. 25 extra in ...
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Report: Mitigating Political & Regulatory Risk for Successful Infrastructure Projects

Published: Wed, 25 Feb 15

The world’s huge infrastructure demand cannot be met by the public sector alone; private investors and operators are needed, but they worry about political and regulatory risk. Today, political and regulatory risk takes many forms – from community protests to tightened regulations and corruption – ...
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