South Africa

South Africa bitcoin VAT exemption

August 10th, 2018

The South African Revenue Service, SARS, has issued draft legislation covering the direct and indirect taxation of digital currencies such as bitcoin. SARS is proposing to follow the European-model on indirect tax, and not make trades subject to VAT. Other countries which have followed this route include Japan, Singapore, and, latterly, Australia. SARS is considering treating cryptocurrencies …


VAT Reporting update 18.3.1

April 5th, 2018

Overview This release is a maintenance release of the VAT Reporting application for the month March. It includes changes to reports, modifications and bug fixes. Main changes in Reports We have improved the reporting of transactions with mixed flows on the PL, CZ and IT VAT Books. South Africa: standard VAT rate changed to 15% …

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South Africa updates e-services VAT

February 28th, 2018

South Africa has issued a draft update of the definition of digital services for VAT purposes. Since June 2014, non-resident providers of electronic services have been liable to register and charge South African VAT on B2C and B2B transactions. The latter is unusual – most countries do not require a registration for business-to-business supplies; instead …

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South Africa raises VAT to 15% April 2018

February 21st, 2018

South Africa today announced an increase in its VAT rate from 14% to 15% on 1 April 2018. This is the first increase in 25 years since the ending of apartheid in the country. Growth in the country has been slowing for a number of years, and the government deficit opening up to 4.3% in …

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South African VAT on digital services

November 9th, 2017

In June 2014, South Africa made income earned by non-resident providers of electronic services to consumers liable to Value Added Tax. Electronic services liable to South African VAT South Africa includes the following services in its definition of e-services: Online gaming and games of change Internet-based auctions Online journals, blogs, newspapers, social media, webcasts, apps …

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South Africa VAT changes

February 24th, 2017

The South African 2017/18 budget last week failed to introduce a VAT rise as had been anticipated.  However, it did introduce a number of changes, including: International travel insurance will be nil-rated for VAT Fuel supplies to be nil-rated for VAT The supply of cloud computing services to consumers by non-residents will now be subject …

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South Africa told to raise VAT

July 13th, 2016

The International Monetary Fund has recommended that South Africa increase its VAT rate from the current 14%. The country faces a challenging economic situation with a rapid decline in growth rates. The country is expected to struggle to meet its deficit reduction aims. The average VAT rate in Africa for the larger economies is 16%.

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South Africa VAT budget

March 6th, 2016

The latest South African budget refrained from raising the standard VAT rate from the current 14% to help deal with the fast growing state deficit. But it did include a number of VAT changes, including: A review of the VAT treatment of vouchers, gifts or discounts granted by loyalty schemes A review output VAT relief …