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Barbara is a CA(SA) with post graduate qualifications in tax and international tax. Her experience includes working for auditors, large corporates, and Sars. Economics, financial corruption and tax policy are among her interests.

Corporate taxpayers on their experiences with Sars

22 Sep 2021 /  Barbara Curson   12
PwC survey indicates that more businesses expect to be audited.

Plugging the tax gap – if Sars can identify it

21 Sep 2021 /  Barbara Curson   37
If it could be calculated and analysed, Sars would be able to see where it should be directing its energy and resources.

The public has the right to be taken seriously by government during consultation

13 Sep 2021 /  Barbara Curson   9
Minister found to have paid lip service to the ‘notion of participative democracy’ in notices regarding alien and invasive species.

Sars behaving badly: Revenue service exercised ‘unreasonable discretion’ in disallowing penalty

9 Sep 2021 /  Barbara Curson   39
High Court rules taxpayer had reasonable grounds for the penalty imposed to be remitted.

Former Transnet executive to pay back secret profits of R26.4m

1 Sep 2021 /  Barbara Curson   29
Group executive for capital projects Herbert Msagala was part of ‘an unlawful conspiracy’, acquiring various properties and 36 cars.

Toxic workplaces and sexual harassment still common in professional firms

20 Aug 2021 /  Barbara Curson   17
A top London-based financial newspaper refers to 'a culture of fear at the world’s leading accounting firms', hinting at the scale of the problem from which South Africa is not immune.

Ramaphosa won’t take action until the Zondo report is released

16 Aug 2021 /  Barbara Curson   10
Firearms issued to Zuma’s protection service remain unaccounted for.

Were the Guptas the disease or the parasite?

16 Aug 2021 /  Barbara Curson   15
Corruption did not start with the Guptas, they merely leveraged it.

Ramaphosa questioned on ANC cadre deployment committee

12 Aug 2021 /  Barbara Curson   22
Zondo Commission informed that there are no deployment committee minutes for the years 2012 to 2017.

South Africa scores poorly in global youth development index

11 Aug 2021 /  Barbara Curson   14
Namibia, Botswana and Mauritius all did better.

Unravelling the tax complexities around damaged or destroyed buildings

2 Aug 2021 /  Barbara Curson  
An insurance payout that is greater than the acquisition cost of an asset could be regarded as a capital gain – indicating the type of intracies that need to be navigated.

Tax implications arising from the devastating insurrection and carnage

23 Jul 2021 /  Barbara Curson   26
That which couldn’t be stolen was smashed to bits.

Zuma’s trial saga is stuttering along

21 Jul 2021 /  Barbara Curson   20
It's Stalingrad Season 27 on steroids.

Sasria may be strong, but size is what counts

19 Jul 2021 /  Barbara Curson   8
The claims arising from the recent civil unrest will all be short-tail risks, meaning they will be expected to be paid out within one year.

Chaotic looting and destruction reigns

14 Jul 2021 /  Barbara Curson   14
Zuma’s incarceration set off violent protests in tweets and on the streets, with unrest spreading into malls and beyond.
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