Budget 2023: Your Tax Tables and Tax Calculator

The big Budget Speech 2023 tax news was the introduction of tax incentives for investing in rooftop solar and renewable energy. The Budget also detailed tax relief in the form of adjusted tables for tax and rebates for individual taxpayers, adjusted tables for retirement tax and transfer duty, and the expected increases in ‘sin’ taxes. How will these changes affect you directly? To better understand the impact of the Budget…  Read more

Recession on the Horizon: Here’s How to Survive

“During recession greed dies, frugality survives.” (Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words) With yet another return of loadshedding in August, and major banks upgrading their forecasts to reflect an increased possibility of further economic downturns, recession feels inevitable in South Africa. A recession is simply where an economy stops growing and starts retracting. A generally held definition of recession is when the Gross Domestic Product of a country declines for two…  Read more

Are You Ready for a COIDA Employer Site Visit and Audit?

“The main objective… is to provide compensation for disablement caused by occupational injuries or diseases sustained or contracted by employees, or for death resulting from injuries or diseases…” (Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act) Most employers – and particularly smaller businesses and domestic employers – are not able to provide cost-effective medical or insurance cover for their employees, even though the vast majority would want their employees to be…  Read more

Loadshedding: Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency and Alternative Power

“This is a call for all South Africans to be part of the solution; to contribute in whatever way they can to ending energy scarcity in South Africa.” (President Cyril Ramaphosa) For more than a decade, local businesses have faced the huge challenge of an unreliable power supply from a state-owned monopoly that allowed very little in terms of affordable or practical alternatives. In addition, since then Eskom’s electricity prices…  Read more

How To Avoid Bad Customers

 “Happy customers are your biggest advocates and can become your most successful sales team.” (Lisa Masiello) Anyone who has started a business has had those meetings. The ones where you trade a dozen emails explaining what you do and how you do it, what your rates are and why you are the best, and now your potential client has asked for a meeting. You drive to the other side of…  Read more

Your Tax Deadlines for September 2022

7 September – Monthly PAYE submissions and payments 23 September – VAT manual submissions and payments 29 September – Excise Duty payments 30 September – End of the 2nd Financial Quarter 30 September – VAT electronic submissions and payments, PIT top-up & CIT Provisional payments. Disclaimer: The information provided herein should not be used or relied on as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for…  Read more

How to use your website to attract quality staff

Most companies need a website to conduct their business, but it’s also a critical piece of the puzzle in attracting amazing team members. Here are a few things you can do to make sure your website is always making a great impression, so you can attract great people to join your team. 1. Think of your website as your storefront These days, your website is the online face of your…  Read more

Social Responsibility Should Not Be an Obstacle. It Should be Part of How We Operate

Throughout time, an enterprise’s purpose has been associated with creating value for its shareholders. In today’s day and age, however, shareholders should be replaced by stakeholders in such definition. Actions and decisions of an enterprise have an impact in a wider population, defined as stakeholders. In our present world, a company or firm has responsibilities that extend beyond its profit-generating capabilities and into the effect it has in its environment and society.…  Read more

Life Lessons to Teach Your Kids If You Want Them To Be Rich

Everyone wants the best for their children, and this includes being rich. Being rich is not just about money– it is about wealth in all aspects of life. In this article, we will share some life lessons you must teach your kids while they’re young to help them grow into adults who can build financial wealth, meaningful relationships, and an overall happy life. Lead by example Children learn from their…  Read more

9 Reasons You Should Hire an Accountant for Your Small Business

Running a small business often means that in order to save money, you need to do a lot of the tasks that come with business ownership by yourself. However, certain tasks are always best left to the professionals, especially accounting. While there are several accounting software tools on the market now that you can take advantage of for doing your own books, it’s always best to have a professional accountant…  Read more

3 Ways Customer Relationships Will Change Forever In Light Of COVID-19

Article by Entrepeneur , Undoubtedly, COVID-19 has rocked the economy. The International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) predicts the cumulative loss to the world’s GDP from 2020 to 2021 will be approximately $9 trillion. That’s more than the combined economies of Germany and Japan. But the crisis has disrupted more than global markets; it has changed peoples’ lives, needs, priorities and spending behaviors. Approximately of Australians are feeling financially insecure, and as…  Read more

4 Common Sense Financial Tips To Make Your Money Work For You

Good personal finance skills are important in life, but this seemingly simple concept can be difficult to master. Without having a good grasp of how to manage your money effectively, you run the risk of making financial mistakes that could significantly impact your life. Avoid money traps and manage your finances better with the following common sense financial tips. 1. Not all ‘tax effective’ investments are good investments. The term…  Read more

Essential Tips to Grow Your Family Business

Most family business owners have a similar goal in mind – to grow the business and pass it on to the next generation of their family. While keeping the business in the family and getting to work with your parents, siblings, or children who share common goals can be a fun and rewarding experience, running and growing a family-owned business isn’t without its challenges. Conflicting views on business and family…  Read more

Easy ways to build an online business

More and more people are leaving their office jobs and setting up an online business these days, especially because of COVID-19/ Running an online business offers a way for you to work from home and be your own boss. It may sound like an overwhelming process, but many entrepreneurs find it fulfilling. Here are some tips to increase the chances your small online business will be a success, and you’ll…  Read more

Why SMEs need different rules to big businesses

In South Africa, it is estimated that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up 90 percent of formal businesses, provide employment to about 60 percent of the labour force and contribute roughly 34 percent of gross domestic product (GDP). Richard Andrews said: “By nature, SMEs are inherently more adventurous than big business. SMEs have the single largest potential to move people out of the poverty trap of structural unemployment.” Andrews…  Read more

Improving cash flow: How to get paid faster

Maintaining positive cash flow can be challenging for small businesses, whether you’re just starting out or have been running your company for years. The difficulty often comes down to waiting for clients to pay their invoices. One or two chronic late payers cost valuable time and money when you have to chase them down; if reliable clients also fall behind one month, the result can be devastating. These tips will…  Read more

How to create good habits in business

If you’re like most small business owners, there are never enough hours in the day to complete every task on your list. Often you’re faced with prioritizing what you need to do right now – deal with a customer, meet a deadline, attend an event – and the things you know you should do for the ongoing growth of your business. Scheduling time to attend to these business activities on…  Read more

South Africa’s new personal information laws come into effect from tomorrow

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (Popia) will finally come into force on 1 July 2020. The Act has been put into operation incrementally, with a number of sections having been implemented in April 2014. The legislation aims to promote the protection of personal information processed by public and private bodies and seeks to balance the right to privacy against other rights, such as access to information. According to…  Read more

Is Work-From-Home Productivity A Mirage?

During the COVID-19 crisis, companies moved nearly all their white-collar workers around the world to work from home. It was an eye-opening experience. Almost universally, executives were surprised that working from home is far more effective than they anticipated. In fact, in many instances, it appears that people are more productive working from home than they were when working in their offices. But some of this supposed improvement in productivity…  Read more

Implications for Audit Committees Arising from COVID-19 IFAC

The fundamentals of good governance and effective oversight arrangements are all the more important during the COVID-19 crisis, as organizations face significant uncertainty, a rapidly changing risk landscape, and an increased need for transparency and confidence in reported information on its implications. For audit committees, who are a key component of effective governance, COVID-19 is causing a strategic shift in their roles, with more on their agendas than ever before.…  Read more

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