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.

The consequences of a disillusioned youth

A large-scale protest movement could result if the quality of education and rate of employment in SA don’t improve.

‘Policy certainty is the cheapest form of stimulus’ – Reserve Bank advisor

As high debt levels limit SA’s growth acceleration options.

Credit ratings: We’re in red-flag territory

‘Three strikes and you’re out’, they say. SA needs to take action now or face a third downgrade.

Truths and assumptions about misinvoicing; it’s not that simple

Falsification of details in international transactions said to be draining $800bn a year from developing countries – but is it?

The Sars clean-up is well under way

Revenue service announces new division, income threshold for tax returns.

Growth in alternative funding models for smaller businesses

Funders attempt to fill ‘missing middle’.

What companies hoping to influence tax policy in Africa need to know

Businesses have become quite effective at resolving customs and excise disputes across Africa – now they need to do the same from a tax perspective.

The risks of the modern ‘flexible’ workforce

Misclassification of workers identified as one of the key legal risks facing companies.

More clarity on dividend-stripping rules expected in July

Tax institute says ‘open-ended’ amendments create risk for innocent transactions.

Retailers beware: The gift card and tax

Gift cards can land business owners in trouble if they aren’t accounted for properly.

Changes to anti-avoidance rules putting BEE deals at risk

Lack of guidance is creating uncertainty around otherwise probably innocent transactions, says Sait.

Taxpayers and their powerful vote

Tax system must apply pressure in the right places or may find its power eclipsed by that of a disillusioned taxpayer base.

Ramaphosa expected to ‘just miss’ mandate threshold

President expected to stay, but market doubtful reforms will push growth to 3% by 2024.

When tax becomes a turning point for people to stay or leave

A change to the taxation of foreign trusts means any repatriated income or capital gains will now be taxed.

Public Protector’s report against former FSB boss taken on review

‘Riddled with inaccuracies,’ says FSCA.

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