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Cecil Kilpin | May 2021 Newsletter

By |2021-05-30T21:32:13+02:00May 30th, 2021|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Doing Business in South Africa – Our New Normal The economic effects of the coronavirus crisis have been extensive in South Africa (SA) and a recovery to pre-pandemic levels will take several years. While it is forecast that the SA economy will recover marginally in 2021, it is likely to be uneven and subdued. From a global perspective, the exceptionally accommodative policies in many advanced economies and improved economic outlooks have supported a partial recovery in global financial markets. This has so far resulted in only a trickle of fresh capital flows to emerging markets, and financing conditions remain uncertain. This, together with the sharp rise in SA’s public financing needs, arising from falling tax revenue and higher [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | April 2021 Newsletter

By |2021-05-26T10:12:13+02:00Apr 27th, 2021|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter|

Travelers’ Disclosure Requirements Any person travelling in or out of the Republic of South Africa should unreservedly declare: All goods (including goods of another person) upon his person or in his possession which were purchased or otherwise acquired abroad or on any ship, vehicle or in any shop selling goods on which duty has not been paid; were remodeled, processed or repaired abroad, on arrival Goods that are prohibited, restricted or controlled under any law Goods that were required to be declared before leaving the Republic Before leaving, all goods which a traveler is taking with them beyond the borders of the Republic, including goods which are: Carried on behalf of another person Intended for remodel, process or repair [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | March 2021 Newsletter

By |2021-05-25T11:50:47+02:00Mar 25th, 2021|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Asset Tokenization As emerging technologies become more accepted and established throughout society, old problems become solved and new opportunities start to arise. Blockchain has been around for over a decade and has been popularized mostly through its association with cryptocurrencies. Offering numerous benefits, new applications of blockchain are constantly being researched in the hopes of disrupting industries. One of these applications is that of tokenization – specifically, the tokenization of assets. Firstly, what is asset tokenization? Effectively, it is the taking of a physical asset and converting it into a digital medium which is represented as a token on the blockchain. Each token also contains the associated ownership rights of the asset. For example, a house worth R1 [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | February 2021 Newsletter

By |2021-05-25T11:47:15+02:00Mar 1st, 2021|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Tax Guide for 2021 / 2022 Click the PDF icon or the button below to view & download our latest Tax Guide. Any of the five partners can be contacted regarding your specific tax requirements. In addition we have tax consultants and tax compliance officers specifically equipped to deal with tax matters. Download Tax Guide Ensuring an Affordable Public-Service Wage Bill The sustainability of the public finances will depend heavily on government’s ability to reduce growth in the public-service wage bill. Compensation accounted for about 34 per cent of consolidated spending in 2019/20. Between 2006/07 and 2019/20, compensation was one of the fastest-growing spending items, increasing faster than GDP growth. As outlined in previous editions [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | January 2021 Newsletter

By |2021-02-04T09:23:28+02:00Jan 29th, 2021|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter|

Apps and the benefits they bring The digital landscape is constantly evolving, and as more emerging technologies gain traction, more and more opportunities become available to businesses that need to be utilized otherwise they risk falling behind – especially now that we are living in a vastly different “New Normal”. It is now harder for businesses to only rely on word of mouth or the use of bulk emailing to keep their clients informed and must utilize all digital platforms in order to thrive. Though having a website is necessary, it is now no longer enough as more than 50% of time spent on the internet is spent on smartphone apps as opposed to desktops. Even mobile sites [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | December 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T11:17:10+02:00Nov 30th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter|

(extract from the World economic forum’s “The Great Reset”) The COVID-19 crisis has highlighted many ways to do business more responsibly once it recedes. The cost of continuing with business as usual after COVID-19, without shifting investment from polluting fossil fuels to clean renewable energy, will only lead to further crises, according to a letter sent on behalf of more than 40 million health professionals to the leaders of G20 countries in May 2020. The letter asked that as governments devise massive stimulus packages in the wake of the pandemic they prioritize clean air, clean water, and a stable climate - in ways that build resilience to future health crises while at the same time creating more sustainable jobs. According [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | October 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:33:24+02:00Oct 30th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

A Social Partnership To Boost Confidence, Restart The Economy And Conduct Urgent Reforms (Extract from the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement) The economic recovery plan was developed through extensive consultations between government, business, labour and civil society. It has two broad components. A range of immediate and short-term measures will be taken to rebuild confidence, kick-start the economy and continue to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. And structural reforms will promote faster, more inclusive growth and employment over the medium to long term. Many of these reforms are drawn from government’s long-term structural reform agenda as outlined in the discussion paper that the National Treasury released in 2019 – Economic Transformation, Inclusive Growth, and Competitiveness: Towards an Economic Strategy for South Africa. Parliament approved [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | September 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:34:21+02:00Oct 1st, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Economic Overview The economic effects of the coronavirus crisis have been extensive and a recovery to pre-pandemic levels will take several years. Current forecasts from the IMF show global gross domestic product (GDP) contracting by about 4.9% this year, although the general economic outlook has improved somewhat. Second quarter GDP outcomes for most economies have been massively negative, as expected. At this stage, third and fourth quarter recoveries for 2020 are expected to be robust. However, the pace of growth into 2021 could be modest, depending on control of new virus outbreaks, the extent of supply and demand losses, and future growth in investment and productivity.   The Covid-19 outbreak has had major health, social and economic impacts, presenting difficulties in forecasting domestic and global [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | August 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:35:15+02:00Aug 31st, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

CIPC Releases A Directors Quick Reference Guide CIPC has released a quick reference guide designed to highlight specifically, although not exclusively, critical issues of the Companies Act No. 71 of 2008 that a director should be aware of. The central message of this guide, which is divided into 10 basic markers, is that a director of a company when acting in that capacity: must not cause harm to the company; must always act in the best interests of the company; and must ensure that there is no conflict of interest between the director and the company   A director differs from a shareholder in terms of function; power and authority and is legally distinct from the company itself. A person can act in different capacities, [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | July 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:37:24+02:00Jul 31st, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Donations made to the Solidarity Fund The deduction available for donations increased. To alleviate the cashflow difficulties of employees where their employers contribute to the Solidarity Fund on their behalf, Government is proposing a special relief measure by temporarily increasing the current 5% tax limit in the calculation of monthly PAYE of the employee. An additional limit of up to a maximum of 33.3% for three months or 16.66% for six months, depending on an employee’s circumstances, will be available.   This will ensure that the employee gets the deduction that is in excess of 5% much earlier than under normal circumstances and will therefore not have to wait until final assessment to claim a potential refund, provided the donation is made to the Solidarity [...]

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