Category: South Africa

Company announcement on Stock Exchange: More resignations at GlobalCapital

A company announcement on the Malta Stock Exchange website announced on Tuesday  that Arun Shankardass and Oumeshing Sookdawoor have tendered their resignation from the office of director of the company with effect from 17 April. Mr Shankardass will also be stepping down as chairman of the Audit Committee of the… – Continue reading

Parliament takes aim at corporate ‘looting’

MPs say transfer pricing, though legal, presents challenges when determining if firms have evaded taxation and they want the practice criminalised. The portfolio committee on trade and industry has heard calls for the criminalisation of transfer pricing – a practice that, when abused, results in large corporations shifting profits offshore… – Continue reading

The “Netflix tax” – coming to a country near you

The arrival of Netflix in Australia has brought into sharp relief the GST base erosion problem caused by global digital commerce. Along with the non-taxation of low-value imported goods, the absence of GST on services and digital products imported by consumers represents an omission from the tax base that is… – Continue reading

Higher taxes probably avoidable if transfer pricing abuses curbed, says Davis

IF THE South African Revenue Service (SARS) focused on recovering money from transfer pricing abuses‚ Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene probably wouldn’t have had to raise taxes by 1% in his budget speech‚ Judge Dennis Davis‚ head of the Davis Tax committee, told Parliament on Tuesday. He was briefing the portfolio… – Continue reading

Mylan $23 Million Chairman Shows Looming Teva Culture Clash

Mylan NV Executive Chairman Robert Coury made $22.7 million, including $1 million for his personal use of the drugmaker’s two corporate jets, in 2012 and 2013. At Israeli rival Teva, shareholders in 2012 balked at raising the chairman’s salary to $900,000 a year. The contrast highlights the sharp differences that… – Continue reading

African leaders advised to focus on tax policies

SOUTH Africa’s Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene says African leaders need to focus more on tax policies and the diversification of tax resources in order to foster growth. Speaking at an African Tax Administration Forum conference on Tuesday, he said the global focus on international taxation offered a unique opportunity for… – Continue reading

Value of tax free savings questioned

Given the low annual and lifetime limits for contributions to tax free investment products, one may be forgiven for wondering what the point really is, according to David Warneke, national head of corporate tax at BDO South Africa. Tax free investment options were introduced in SA with effect from March… – Continue reading

South Africa Guides On Corporate Residency

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has issued a revised draft interpretation note that discusses the principles and guidelines for the considering the “place of effective management” in determining the tax residence of a company. SARS points out that the concept of residency is critical in determining a company’s South… – Continue reading

China-led bank starts with 57 members

BEIJING: A total of 57 countries have been approved as founding members of a Chinese-led infrastructure bank, Beijing said on Wednesday, and Norway is included despite frosty relations over a Chinese dissident’s Nobel prize. No nations that formally sought to become founding members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)… – Continue reading

OECD: employment tax burdens rise despite static income tax rates

Taxes have risen by around one per cent on the average worker’s wage in Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries since 2014, although the majority of governments have not increased income tax rates, the OECD has said. In its Taxing Wages 2015 report, the OECD looks at the… – Continue reading

Individual Tax Burdens Continued To Rise In 2014

Taxes on wages have risen by about one percent for the average worker in OECD countries between 2010 and 2014, even though the majority of governments did not increase statutory income tax rates, according to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD’s) Taxing Wages 2015 report. According to the… – Continue reading

South32 turns bearish as tax inquiry, iron-ore put ‘sell’ skids under BHP

Johannesburg ( – With the shareholder vote just over three weeks away, the planned spin-off of South32 from BHP Billiton has turned bearish and BHP Billiton has itself fallen victim to an unprecedented number of analyst sell recommendations owing to the plummeting iron-ore price, worsened by the reputational damage that… – Continue reading

R388m tax bill for Cape ‘gangster’

Johannesburg – Mark Lifman, one of South Africa’s biggest underworld bosses, possibly hoped for some help in his nearly R400m tax battle against the SA Revenue Service (Sars). City Press has learnt – from four independent sources – that Sars commissioner Tom Moyane was allegedly approached to go easy on… – Continue reading

Africa loses $528.9 billion to illicit transfers in a decade

It has been revealed that illicit financial transfers are draining Africa of massive resources needed to uplift its majority poor from the claws of poverty and provide both productive and social infrastructure for development. The African Civil Society Circle, a group of nine civil society organizations and think tanks from… – Continue reading

No hiding place for expat tax evaders

New rules mean that almost 100 governments around the world will exchange information about bank accounts Expat tax dodgers are running out of places to hide, as information about their bank accounts and assets will soon be exchanged between 93 governments globally. At present, if tax authorities suspect people of… – Continue reading

Africa: Weak Tax Systems, Evasion Behind 60 Percent of Global Illicit Money Transfers – Report

Governments in resource-rich African countries must effectively negotiate the terms of operational contracts with mining companies and their affiliates if they are to avoid revenue losses that reduce their capacity to finance development, the African Civil Society Circle has said. The Circle is a coalition of nine civil society groups… – Continue reading

Global Tax Transparency Goes Live in 2016

Cross border tax fraud and tax evasion by High Net Wealth Individuals (HNWI) are serious problems for many jurisdictions. For many years exchange of information between countries has been solely upon request. In practise this procedure is not efficiently working as it requires foreseeable relevance, thus ‘fishing’ for information is… – Continue reading

Luxembourg: Luxembourg’s Direct Tax Administration Publishes Circular On Residency Certificates For Funds

Luxembourg’s Direct Tax Administration has published a circular on February 12 clarifying issues relating to residency certificates for Luxembourg funds. These are applicable to both UCITS and non-UCITS funds regulated by Luxembourg’s investment fund legislation of December 17, 2010, which transposed the UCITS IV Directive, as well as Specialised Investment… – Continue reading

Offshore property diversification spree continues

More JSE-listed counters announce offshore opportunities. It is becoming increasingly difficult for JSE-listed property companies to find value and attractive deals in the local market, which has seen the offshore diversification spree continue. Industry players believe that the sector has turned over the last few years, with more property counters… – Continue reading

South Africa’s FSB Assists Mauritius, Guernsey Regulatory Probe

(Bloomberg) — South Africa’s Financial Services Board said it’s helping regulators in Mauritius and Guernsey investigate the affairs of Cobus Kellermann, a Cape Town-based money manager. “The regulators in the foreign jurisdictions have asked us to assist them in tracking particular investments” made into South Africa, Caroline da Silva, the… – Continue reading

Zimbabwe: Diamond Miners On Looting Spree

DIAMOND mining companies operating in Zimbabwe’s Marange diamond fields are reportedly on a last minute looting spree ahead of a loathed mandatory consolidation exercise. As government peruses through various consolidation proposals submitted by seven companies operating in Marange and prepares for an audit, miners are reportedly exploiting the existing loopholes… – Continue reading

CWMFX’s Parent Group Linked to Massive Offshore Ponzi Scheme, Researcher Says

According to Offshore Alert, CWM World is linked to a $16 billion Ponzi scheme run by the Mauritius-based Belvedere Management Limited, as sources close to the firm have dismissed the report as inaccurate. Offshore Alert, an investigative research publication, is claiming that CWM Group is part of a massive $16… – Continue reading

Capetonian Kellermann accused as kingpin of R200bn Belvedere Ponzi

Cobus Kellermann, Stellenbosch University graduate now in his late 30s who runs Cape-based money manager Clarus Capital, has been fingered as a mastermind behind a massive global Ponzi scheme run out of Mauritius. Kellermann’s company also manages eight South African unit trusts under the Met Collective Investments banner. They have… – Continue reading

Strengthening ties in key economic sectors; the focus of Seychelles Finance Minister’s visit to Singapore

(Seychelles News Agency) – Seychelles and Singapore are looking to increase their collaboration in a number of economic sectors from trade, financial services, port development – including transshipment and fuel bunkering – to public-private partnerships. This follows the recent official visit to Singapore by the Minister of Finance, Trade and… – Continue reading

EU mergers and takeovers (March 10)

BRUSSELS, March 10 (Reuters) – The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process: APPROVALS AND WITHDRAWALS — British bank Barclays (LSE: BARC.L – news) to acquire sole control of Spanish insurer CNP Barclays Vida y Pensiones Compania de Seguros,… – Continue reading

Kenya double tax agreements with South Africa and Mauritius

The long-awaited double tax agreements entered into by Kenya with South Africa and Mauritius respectively did not come into force on 1 January 2015 as expected. The treaty between Kenya and South Africa that was signed in November 2010 was ratified by Kenya in October 2014, following earlier ratification by… – Continue reading

Netflix won’t charge Australians GST

Sparks are flying after Netflix said it would not charge GST on the Australian version of its online television service which launches next Tuesday. United States-based Netflix, Quickflix, Foxtel Play, Presto and Stan, partly owned by Fairfax Media, are locked in a bidding battle to secure the best programs for… – Continue reading


Cyril Ramaphosa said government would be improving tax collection and combating illicit financial flows. JOHANNESBURG – Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday announced that government would be improving tax collection and combating illicit financial flows. Ramaphosa was answering questions in Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. The Economic Freedom Fighters’ Floyd Shivambu… – Continue reading

Govt to introduce capital gains tax

Minister of Finance Martin Dlamini said the proposed revenue measures would assist government in mobilising additional resources for protecting essential services while Southern African Customs Union (SACU) revenues fall in the medium term. He said these initiatives include an amendment of the Income Tax regulations, including removal of the tax… – Continue reading

South African Budget Hikes Personal Income Tax

On February 25, South Africa’s Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene, presented a 2015 Budget that was said to be constrained by a slowing economy and lower-than-expected tax revenues. Nene indicated that the Government now has to rebalance its fiscal policy to reduce the “structural gap” that exists between spending on… – Continue reading

Treasury clamps down on tax leakage

Amid global efforts to combat profit shifting. PRETORIA – In line with international efforts to combat tax avoidance, National Treasury on Wednesday said it is taking further steps to curb financial leakage. With government under pressure to collect more revenue amidst dwindling economic growth, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene on Wednesday… – Continue reading

‘Don’t over-complicate tax laws’

Attempt to plug every gap makes the system unworkable – Norton Rose Fulbright. JOHANNESBURG – A tax expert has warned against over-complicating tax legislation in an attempt to block every loophole or perceived underpayments of tax, as it makes the tax system “unworkable”. Andrew Wellsted, director at Norton Rose Fulbright,… – Continue reading

South Africa: Imminent Changes To Transfer Pricing Documentation Requirements In South Africa

On 17 July 2013 the Minister of Finance appointed a tax review committee, headed by Judge Dennis Davis (the “Davis Committee”) to make recommendations for possible tax reforms in South Africa (“SA”). The Davis Committee was required to take into account recent international developments and, in particular, to address concerns… – Continue reading

The art of not curbing investment

If the Davis tax committee’s recommendations are followed, tax avoidance could be effectively reined in. Zeroing in on the super-wealthy and tax reluctant remains at the top of the global agenda as budgets across the world grow increasingly hungry for extra revenues. Now a draft report from the Davis tax… – Continue reading

Ministers stash $270m in foreign bank

WASHINGTON DC — An international banking giant, HSBC, made huge profits by allegedly engaging in shady deals of over $270 million with some Zimbabwean citizens seven years ago, in the process, disadvantaging the poor southern African nation of the much-needed foreign currency, documents in Studio 7’s possession have revealed. BY… – Continue reading

Curbing illicit financial flows in Africa is imperative

A recent report detailing how Africa lost $US1-trillion in the last 50 years through illicit financial flows of money has raised questions about it’s abilities to curb fraud evasion and other means of corporate profit hiding. It has also sparked interest in holding multinational corporates, which are mainly responsible for… – Continue reading