In these blogs and in my discussions with clients the topic of cryptocurrencies has been raised on a regular basis. The fact is, whether you think this is a good investment opportunity or not, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) is sharpening its focus and intention to ‘mine’ it for tax revenue – as is within its rights. This is also not a new thing – SARS has been warning us for years.
SARS has taken a decision to extend the Filing Season deadline for provisional taxpayers, which is currently set for 29 January 2021, to 15 February 2021.
Some feel cheated. We were told ‘this lockdown thing’ will come to an end, and yes, we knew it would not quite mean business to usual, but THIS unusual? And for how long, THIS time? Anger and frustration, fueled by denied addictions and proclivities, are rising. Scathing memes and poisonous comments are setting Facebook and social media on fire. There are growing accusations of class and race prejudice from all sides.
When the South Easter blows and crime and politics depress you, you may be excused for becoming restless. You may start to wonder if you could stomach foreign cuisine for a while… You are not alone. Many South Africans are opting for working overseas for a period of time in order to secure a better income.
Your company has a pension scheme – a good one, you are told – and you have savings in the bank. However, people are living much longer these days – generally 30 years past retirement. And life keeps getting more expensive – inflation is outpacing the interest you receive on the savings in your bank account…
If you happen to be contributing to a medical aid scheme in South Africa, you will have enjoyed the tax rebate this generates. This is called the Medical Scheme Tax Credit (MTC). It is meant to subsidise and reduce our medical costs.
For instance, for two adults and two minor dependants, this amounts to R1 014 per month or R12 168 per annum. It makes a big difference. Also, since we are subsidised for the portion that falls under Section 6 (b), which protects us when medical costs not covered by your medical aid get out of control, the total refund could be considerably more. Continue reading “The National Health Initiative”