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.

Special Economic Zones: well worth considering

The incentives offered by Special Economic Zones offer substantial benefits for companies and local communities.
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How to negotiate with SARS

If you want peace, prepare for war, goes the ancient adage. This is certainly a maxim to live by when it comes to negotiating with SARS.
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Understanding income tax and capital gains tax

Many readers have asked about income tax, deductions and capital gains tax. Here is a very short overview of how it all works.
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Contesting a pulpable loss

A court recently found that grapes were ‘held’ by a farmer even after being pulped into grape juice and mingled with grape juice from other producers.
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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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