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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.

Government growth projections considered ‘realistic’

26 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser   2
Major concerns about plans to cut wage bill and reduce deficit.

Budget signals the need for greater competitiveness

25 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser  
Reduction in corporate income tax rate shows government will be giving the private sector room to move.

Corruption and bad laws ravage SA’s tax base

25 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser  
‘Sars is absolutely critical to the future of South Africa because if Sars fails, the country fails’: Mark Silberman, Accfin Software director and vice-chair of the Saica tax technology subcommittee.

Sars gets large injection to improve technology infrastructure

25 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser   12
Also starts legal processes to recover unwarranted expenditure.

Tax relief for embattled taxpayers, but not all is rosy

24 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser   15
Above-inflation increases in alcohol and tobacco excise duties announced.

Government targets tax incentives because of ‘persistent trade-off’

24 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser   
Section 12J sunset date will not be extended.

Slight relief from the impact of Covid-19

24 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser   
Companies claim R57.3bn from Ters scheme.

Rules about working from home need attention

23 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser   5
There are instances where people will be able to claim some expenses, but the burden of proof remains tough.

Promising collection signs alleviate pressure for tax increases

19 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser   2
There may even be room for taxpayer relief.

Scraping the pots to find revenue

17 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser    16
Tax increases could have been one such pot, but it's already been scraped dangerously thin.

Covid-19 has led to increased risk aversion among retirees

12 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser   6
It may sound ironic, but people are now even more concerned that they may live too long.

New rebate on certain imported yarns and textiles is complex

12 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser  
Created on the back of a directive from dtic Minister Ebrahim Patel, it is supposed to support localisation of manufacturing.

No matter the label, SA has little tolerance for tax hikes

4 Feb 2021 /  Amanda Visser   36
Plugging the leaks would be better than resorting to a wealth tax, vaccination tax, solidarity tax, or general tax increase.

Sars cannot be allowed an indefinite time to complete a Vat audit

20 Jan 2021 /  Amanda Visser   6
This would render tax legislation inherently unfair towards taxpayers.

Loop structures no longer illegal, but taxpayers should not overreact

15 Jan 2021 /  Amanda Visser   1
The law of unintended consequences could kick in.
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