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Cecil Kilpin | February 2021 Newsletter

By |2021-03-01T13:34:56+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 | 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 | 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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Cecil Kilpin | May 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:49:20+02:00May 30th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

DIRECTOR’S ROLE AMIDST THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC The director’s role has without a doubt become more onerous amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the Companies Act makes provision for operating in a virtual world, which includes, inter alia: A signature or an initial on a document may be made by or on behalf of a person by the use of an electronic signature or an advanced electronic signature. Proxy forms, annual financial statements, prospectuses and annual reports may be lawfully created, signed, retained and sent electronically Meetings of shareholders and directors respectively may be conducted entirely by electronic communication The definition of “present at a meeting” includes a “virtual presence” or representation by electronic proxy   Directors and officers are required to be cognisant of corporate legislation pertaining to their office, and [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | Further Tax Measures To Combat The Covid-19 Pandemic

By |2020-12-03T06:51:32+02:00Apr 29th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax, Vat|

  In line with the President’s address to the nation on 21 April 2020, the Minister of Finance has provided more detail on the second set of measures that aim to assist individuals and businesses through the pandemic. The interventions include:     Skills Development Levy Holiday: From 1 May 2020, there will be a four-month holiday for skills development levy contributions Fast-Tracking of Value-Added Tax (VAT) Refunds: Smaller VAT vendors that are in a net refund position will be temporarily permitted to file monthly instead of once every two months, thereby unlocking the input tax refund faster and immediately helping with cash-flow Three-month Deferral for Filing and First Payment of Carbon Tax Liabilities: To provide additional time to complete the first return, as well as cash flow relief [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | April 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:54:42+02:00Apr 27th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

*IMPORTANT: This article is based on an extract from a draft government document.   Risk-Adjusted Strategy For Economic Activity Though the national lockdown has shown early evidence on how it has successfully helped to flatten the curve and limit the spread of Covid-19, there are numerous risks if the lockdown is lifted too quickly or without any strategy. Below is an excerpt given by government discussing evidence from the 1918 Spanish Influenza with regards to long-run economic consequences: "On the one hand, NPIs constrain social interactions while they are in place, and thus necessarily depress any type of economic activity that relies on such interactions. On the other hand, because the pandemic itself has severe economic consequences, by reducing the severity of the pandemic, NPIs [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | Government’s COVID-19 Proposal

By |2020-12-03T06:57:19+02:00Mar 31st, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Deferral Of The Payment Of Employees’ Tax Liability For Tax Compliant Small To Medium Sized Businesses   In order to assist with alleviating any cash flow burden arising as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak,Government proposes the following tax measures for tax compliant small to medium sized businesses, for a limited period of four months, beginning 1st April 2020 and ending on 31st July 2020: Deferral of payment of 20% of the PAYE liability, without SARS imposing administrative penalties and interest for the late payment thereof. The deferred PAYE liability must be paid to SARS in equal installments over the six month period commencing on 1 August 2020, i.e. the first payment must be made on 7th September 2020.   For the purposes of this [...]

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Cecil Kilpin | March 2020 Newsletter

By |2020-12-03T06:59:35+02:00Mar 30th, 2020|Business, Finance + Economics, Goverment, Newsletter, Tax|

Covid-19 and The Economy   Globally, a once-healthy economic growth outlook has been revised down sharply due to the outbreak and spread of Covid-19. This coronavirus will negatively affect global and domestic economic growth through the first half of 2020, and potentially longer depending on steps taken to limit its spread.     The Covid-19 outbreak will have a major health and social impact, as well as forecasting global and domestic activity presents significant uncertainty. The Chinese economy, where the virus originated, is expected to contract by 1% in the first half of 2020. Economic activity is likely to also contract in the United States and Europe as governments there take actions to contain the spread of the virus. In response to all these developments, [...]

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