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SARS small business tax guidance

28 Dec SARS small business tax guidance

We found this article on SARS website regarding tax considerations for small businesses in South Africa (link). The article is reproduced below for your convenience.

SMALL BUSINESS

Complying with your tax obligations as a small business has been made a lot easier over the past few years. Click on the following links to find information that deals with:
  • Registering for Turnover Tax. Turnover tax is a simplified tax system for small businesses with a qualifying turnover of not more than R1 million per annum. It is a tax based on the taxable turnover of a business and is available to sole proprietors (individuals), partnerships, close corporations, companies and co-operatives. Turnover tax takes the place of VAT (in the instance that you have not decided to elect back into the VAT system), provisional tax, income tax, capital gains tax, secondary tax on companies (STC) and dividends tax. So qualifying businesses pay a single tax instead of various other taxes. It’s elective – so you choose whether to participate. For Tax Tables see below.
  • Registering your business for VAT
  • Registering for PAYE, UIF and SDL

If you are starting out and need to register as a company, you will have to contact the Company and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC), formerly called CIPRO. In the case where you are already registered as a company and you meet certain qualifying requirements, you may register as a small business corporation (SBC) in order to get additional tax incentives. One of the incentives for SBCs is reduced corporate tax rates, as per below tables.

See SARS’s Small Business tax kit offerings to assist you with your business:

 

Applicable Tax rates

SBC tax rates for financial years ending on any date between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017:

Taxable income (R)​ Rate of Tax (R)​
0 – 75 000 0% of taxable income
75 001 – 365 000 7% of taxable income above 75 000
365 001 – 550 000 20 300 + 21% of taxable income above 365 000
550 001 and above 59 150 + 28% of taxable income above 550 000
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