Amanda Visser

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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.

When voluntary disclosure is not voluntary

An error on a tax return can be rectified with Sars's VDP but experts say there are holes in the system.

Denel employees could be in trouble with Sars

State-owned arms manufacturer accused of not paying payroll deductions over to the relevant bodies.

The investment case for integrated oil companies

Fossil fuels are not dead.

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?

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.

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.

SA extends its Vat net to cover the globe

Services provided electronically are now in Sars’s crosshairs.

Insurer held liable for indemnity claim related to failed Sharemax scheme

Financial advisors and their insurers should take note.

Technical glitch in the zero-rating of sanitary products

Strangely narrow definition in pending legislation will limit the intended relief and cause problems for retailers and the customs system.

Taking stock: SA’s position ahead of elections

Events in May will make this a year of two halves.

Little room for higher taxes, plenty for improvement

Now is a good time for Mboweni to act on recommendations, tax practitioners say.

Caution needed about the hype around ‘pervasive profit shifting’

Report welcomed, but additional factors need to be considered.

Executive ‘clawbacks’ may have unfair tax implications

If defined as restricted equity instruments, provisions could have ‘impractical, unbusinesslike or oppressive’ consequences.

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