Amanda has been a journalist since 1986 and has worked in print, radio, television and online. She joined the world of financial journalism around 2003 and has never looked back. She specializes in tax and has written about trade law, competition law and regulatory issues.

‘Discriminatory tax amendment’ may affect non-bank lenders

The recent Taxation Laws Amendment Bill discriminates between banks and non-bank lenders in the taxation of doubtful debt.

More options for those who prefer to ‘defer’ retirement

Proposed changes to the tax treatment of retirement funds will give retirees greater flexibility when it comes to transferring and withdrawing their benefits.

Recommended items for zero-rating will cost fiscus R4bn

70% of the relief will benefit poor households.

Tinkering taxes at own cost

Some OECD member countries have tried to use their tax systems to ease inequalities, but the practice comes with consequences.

An incorrect IRP5 could jeopardise foreign income, travel tax claims

Without the right source code, taxpayers could be in trouble.

Taxpayers remain responsible for their tax affairs

Taxpayers are encouraged to be pro-active.

Sars service charter delights and disappoints

The new Sars Service Charter places an obligation on taxpayers to ‘encourage’ others to pay their taxes and duties on time and in full.

What happens if your tax isn’t paid over to Sars?

Experts say the law seeks to hold both the employer and employee liable for any shortfall.

South Africa’s investment appeal continues to be sabotaged

There is a lack of understanding of the obstacles that an incoherent government policy creates.

Greed remains at the heart of audit scandals

‘Irba firmly believes that auditors are not sufficiently independent and are driven by lust for money.’

Sars showing its teeth

Bravura Equity Services is in the firing line as the revenue service is granted a High Court order to conduct large-scale tax inquiry into its tax affairs.

Time to rethink foreign trust structures

The cost of maintaining both local and foreign trusts has risen since tax authorities started giving more attention to the issue.

Still some way to go for greater international tax transparency

As most reporting entities and clients have not realised the magnitude of the implementation of the new legislation.

Problems persist with the VCC tax initiative

Stakeholders have requested a ‘review and redesign’ of the VCC regime to meet its initial objectives.

Legitimate transactions caught in anti-avoidance rules

Stricter measures to prevent ‘dividend stripping’ have unintended consequences.

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