Various tax regimes passed by Parliament

Tax changes for 2013 imminent…

Giving effect to most of the tax proposals announced in the 2013 budget review, the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, with its tandem enabling Bill – the Taxation Administration Laws Amendment Bill – have both passed through the standing committee on finance as a money Bill.

Probably the most important for economic growth is the proposed beneficial tax regime for companies that decide to take advantage of the new Special Economic Zones Bill introduced by minister of trade and industry, Dr. Rob Davies, and now almost finalised by Parliament.

Other tax proposals are to back up the cabinet wish to revitalise South Africa’s maritime sector with an attractive tax regime to encourage exports, mainly using Africa coastal routes.

Catching up with profit deflection

Minister of finance Gordhan Pravin’s tax proposals also include moves to discourage profit-shifting through excessive interest deduction and the use of artificial debt and the payment of certain dividends which gain tax deductions.

Retirement fund deductions are affected as from next year, as will be certain matters regarding provident funds. Most important are the easing of conditions under which low-income employees are acquire houses at below market value without tax being payable under the current fringe benefit system.

Foreign e-commerce suppliers are to register for VAT.

Tax practitioner’s regs

There are a number of changes affecting the completion of tax forms  and there are new regulations for tax practitioners, mostly involving the principle of “accountability”.

Treasury has promised specific legislation on the employment tax incentive and waste discharge incentive charges later this year and comments on both Bills was closed early August in order for the money Bills in question to be processed during September.

Refer previous articles in this category
http://parlyreportsa.co.za//finance-economic/dividends-withholding-tax-arrives-on-time/
http://parlyreportsa.co.za//cabinetpresidential/pravin-gordhan-best-budget-vote-speech-of-the-year/

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