Tag - SARS


Panama Papers

By Michael Dryden (Group Director) The recent leak of confidential information from a prominent legal firm in Panama has created quite a stir in the media and the tax fraternity. There have been many headlines that give the impression that anyone who had utilized structures in these ‘tax havens’ are in big trouble with the …


New Tax Calculator

By Jameel Dalvi (Group Director) We love to add value to our clients, and therefore every year we release an updated Tax Calculator after the new Tax Rates are announced in the Budget Speech. If you were wondering how your Income Tax would change based on the new Tax Rates, please refer to our Tax …


Conduit Principle (Article In REIM)

By Anthea Dryden (Group Director) We have always been at the forefront of Trust knowledge and advisory, and one of our primary objectives is to share our knowledge as far and wide as possible. Therefore it was with great appreciation when the editor of Real Estate Investor Magazine requested that we contribute to their publication. …


Retirement Annuity Tax Deductibility

By Jameel Dalvi (Group Director) Contributing to a Retirement Annuity (‘RA’) has always been a popular method of providing for retirement, while enjoying a tax deduction on your Personal Taxes. Up until 29 February 2016, the tax deduction for RA Contributions is limited to 15% of Taxable Income – however, with effect from 01 March 2016, the RA …


SARS Scams And Data Loss

By Jameel Dalvi (Group Director) SARS PHISHING SCAMS We have received several emails from our clients about receiving an email notification from SARS notifying them of a refund due to them – these ‘phishing’ emails are popular during tax season. Please be advised that SARS will never send you an email about a refund, and therefore you …


Trust Conduit Principle Under Threat?

By Michael Dryden (Group Director) Over the last few months, we have received several queries regarding the possibility of the tax authorities making changes to the ‘Conduit-Principle’. The Conduit-Principle is a method typically used to reduce tax payable in a Trust by shifting the tax burden to the beneficiaries of the Trust – understanding Tax …


R1million In Personal Tax Refunds

By Michael Dryden (Group Director) For the tax ending February 2014 (last year), FinServe proudly facilitated over R1million in Personal Tax refunds for our clients. For this reason (and many others), many of our clients have already submitted their information for this year, as a potential refund should not be delayed. We are eager to …


Tax Season: Maximize Your Deductions

By Jameel Dalvi (Group Director) The start of the Tax Season Filing for 2015 is fast approaching on 1 July 2015. 2015 Tax Return Due Dates Non-provisional taxpayers who use eFiling – 27 November 2015 Provisional taxpayers who use eFiling – 29 January 2016 We understand that submitting a tax return is a source of …


We Are Accountants

By Clinton Forlee (Group Director) Since our expansion at the beginning of last year into Real Estate and Financial Advisory, and changing our identity from FinServe Accounting to the FinServe Group, many have forgotten that we are still accountants at heart. The expansion has dramatically enhanced our accounting and taxation knowledge, and has reinvigorated our …


SARS Drawing Client Funds Without Due Process

By Michael Dryden (Group Director) Over the last several months, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has been on a relentless drive to recover any and all funds due to them by taxpayers. In so doing, SARS has taken an extremely aggressive stance by drawing the outstanding taxes directly from the taxpayer’s bank account. Although …