Business - Tax advice
Peter O' Halloran Peter O' Halloran

Is a lawyer admitted to practice in South Africa and Botswana. He is also the tax partner at BDO Gaborone.

Objecting? Line up the evidence first!

If you cannot produce strong evidence and cogent arguments for your allegations, the chances are that you will lose any court battle against SARS.
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Interpreting Section 11D

This section provides for certain deductions in respect of technological research and development.
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Misappropriation of VAT theft

The other penalties aside, is misappropriation of VAT theft in the same way as stealing a car or television set is? SARS would like you to think so.
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Ackermans v SARS (16408/2013)

In this week’s case, key issues relating to income tax are highlighted, even though the crux of the matter remains unresolved.
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SARS reassessments

Can you fix other issues if SARS decides on a reassessment of tax returns?
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SARS assessments and re-assessments

Taxpayers are entitled to know when SARS is finished with its assessments and re-assessments.
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Tax judgement

Those with business interests in Botswana should take note of the following judgement.
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Fewer options on share options

A recent ruling reveals how SARS views the matter of the exercising of company share options.
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When is disposal not disposal?

Merely delivering grapes to a co-op is not ‘disposing’ of it. At this stage, the grower still owns the produce.
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Put out that fire properly!

When it comes to resolving a dispute with SARS, ensure there is no room for later dissension.
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