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.

More trouble than it’s worth?

A fairly generous deduction is allowed under the Income Tax Act in respect of research and development, but it’s not that easy to claim.
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How SARS hampers your lawyers

Time constraints, e-filing codes, queues, admin delays .... SARS red tape makes it well nigh impossible for a lawyer to fight a tax dispute.
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Beware the time bar in future payment agreements

A High Court judgement clarifies the issue of capital gains when a property is returned, as well as the time limits for making objections to SARS rulings.
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SARS, coconuts & pulp fiction

A recent SCA ruling restates the methods of interpretation of tariff headings and their applicability to products subject to the Customs and Excise Act.
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Is tithing tax deductible?

The question of tax and tithing recently came up and the answer is likely to interest many readers.
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Writing off capital debt

Reduction in a company’s debt is covered by Paragraph 12A of the 8th Schedule to the Income Tax Act.
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Well played in Durban!

A recent Tax Court judgement is relevant to those wishing to challenge reassessments.
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Saving your assessed losses

An assessed loss can be a valuable asset that helps you pay less tax – but it must be protected.
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Diesel dispute

Misleading instructions. Unreasonable tax inspectors. No wonder farmers struggle to claim diesel rebates.
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The stranglehold of tax gets tighter

The heavy tax burden of the average South African taxpayer is stifling growth at every turn.
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