Opinion and Analysis
OVERLY ZEALOUS CLOSURE OF SHARE BUYBACK ‘LOOPHOLE’
South African companies disposing of shares may feel the pain of overly zealous tax proposals released on 19 July 2017. These proposals are for shares held as capital assets. SARS became...Tuesday, August 15, 2017
CHECKING SARS’ CONDUCT AND OBLIGATIONS WHEN AUDITING TAXPAYERS
South African taxpayers and companies have been alerted to expect more tax audits as a result of the increase in the SARS 2017/18 revenue budget. It is easy to see the connection: SARS needs to...Tuesday, August 15, 2017
INCOTERMS AND PURCHASING GOODS ABROAD
E-commerce and online shopping are growing rapidly In South Africa with a number of well-known online South Africa retailers and international retailers. Estimates indicate that approximately...Sunday, August 13, 2017
TIME FOR INDUSTRY TO COMMENT AND PREPARE FOR PENDING REGULATIONS TO PHASE OUT THE USE OF PERSISTENT ORGANIC POLLUTANTS
South Africa is a signatory to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. Subject to any exemptions that may apply, Parties to the Convention must take steps to eliminate the...Wednesday, August 02, 2017
RISE OF THE SMART PORT: A CASE FOR BLOCKCHAIN TECHNOLOGY?
Toward the end of 2016, I wrote an article on the nature of blockchain technology in the context of payment flows in international trade transactions and its potential to cause a fundamental shift...Sunday, July 30, 2017
FINTECH IS THE NEW NORMAL BUT BRINGS WITH IT REGULATORY HEADACHES
In the financial world, technological disruption is nothing new, having triggered far-reaching change over the centuries. The banking world of today is poles apart from that of ancient Babylon...Monday, July 24, 2017
ATTACKS ON LOW- OR NO-INTEREST LOANS TO TRUSTS CONTINUE TO BE REFINED
Low-interest or no-interest loans to trusts are again in the sights of SARS and the Treasury.
The 2017 Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (Draft TLAB) was released on 19 July 2017, clarifying the...Thursday, July 20, 2017
TAX RESISTANCE AS A DEMONSTRATION OF TAX MORALITY
On the first day of the 2016 Tax Indaba, SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane called for “tax morality”. There is a well-known saying, “be careful what you wish for”. Fast forward to today,...Saturday, July 15, 2017
ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT TRENDS IN SOUTH AFRICA: INSIGHTS FROM OUR EXPERIENCE
A previous article on environmental enforcement summarised certain trends drawn from the Department of Environmental Affairs’ (DEA) National Environmental Enforcement and Compliance Reports...Thursday, July 13, 2017
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NEW BANKING AND FINANCE HEAD AT BOWMANS
Project finance and infrastructure legal expert Shamilah Grimwood is the new Head of Banking and Finance at pan-African law firm Bowmans.
Announcing her appointment, Bowmans Chairman and Senior...20 Jul 2017 12:00
FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD – A YEAR IN REVIEW BY BOWMANS
Leading pan-African law firm, Bowmans, has released its 2016/17 Pro Bono and Corporate Social Responsibility Report.
A striking theme of the firm’s pro bono performance in the 12 months to 28...20 Jul 2017 12:00
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Be careful of SARS demanding taxes too early
Recently, there have been a few instances in which SARS has demanded taxes before these were due and payable. In the current tough economic climate, where cash flow is tight, this is something to...
Constitution Matters: The right to freedom of speech
Dr Max Price (Vice Chancellor of UCT), Nikkita Reddy (senior associate at Bowmans), Chris Todd (Partner and head of Employment practice at Bowmans) and Nicholas Woode-Smith (UCT student in...