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Business Valuations

Business Valuations

We will address the following two questions we ended part 1 with: 

1. The influence of our fair rate of return/discount rate ( 15% in example ) has on the valuation, or how we determine the correct rate.

2. How long we assume the company will exist (three years in the example).

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How the new Tax Compliance Status (TCS) (the replacement of Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC)) works.

How the new Tax Compliance Status (TCS) (the replacement of Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC)) works.

This article will first explain the rational for the new system, then the difference with the previous system and finally on a practical note provide you with steps to obtain your tax compliance status on e-filing.

The new Tax Compliance Status system will be managed online via e-filing.

SARS has decided on the new Tax Compliance system for the following reasons:

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Tax deductions for Pension, Retirement and Provident funds simplified

Tax deductions for Pension, Retirement and Provident funds simplified

All contributions to pension, retirement annuity and provident funds can be deducted from the individual's taxable income. The deduction is capped at a rate of 27.5% of the greater of remuneration and taxable income. In other words, if say your total pension fund contributions for the year was R100 000, your taxable income was R200 000, and your remuneration was R300 000, then your deductions would have been limited to 27.5% of R300 000 (since R300 000 is greater than R200 000). Thus your deductions would have been limited to R82 500.

From our example above you would notice that R17 500 (R100 000 - R82 500) were not allowed for a deduction in the relevant tax year. However, the deductions that were not allowed is carried over to the following tax year and deemed as contributions for that tax year. In other words say for the next tax year your pension contributions were R100 000, your taxable income R300 000 and your remuneration R400 000. Thus your allowed deduction would be R400 000 x 27.5% = R110 000. You only contributed R100 000, but now you can also deduct R10 000 of the R17 500 from the previous year, thus a total deduction of R110 000. The remaining R7 500 is now carried over to the following tax year.

Some technical points:

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Medical tax deductions explained in simple language

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Update: Article updated for the 2018 and 2019 tax year.

The focus in the explanation below is on a person without tax knowledge that would simply like to understand what they are allowed to deduct for their tax.

All the amounts used below are for the 2018 tax year, i.e. 01/03/2017 – 28/02/2018.

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Business Valuations

Business Valuations

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Image title: Plan and Valuation of Pews

Business valuations are a combination between well-developed financial principles (science) and professional judgement (art). From the onset there is one principle that needs highlighting:

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Thanks for the post! Looking forward to the follow-up(s)
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