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Accounting Technician [AT(SA)], Associate General Accountant [AGA(SA)] and Chartered Accountant [CA(SA)].

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VIEWPOINT: RETIREMENT REFORM Implications of the new Act

The Taxation Laws Amendment Act 23 of 2015, which was promulgated on 8 January 2016, kicks off the long-awaited retirement reform process – but are you ready? The aim of this first fledgling step towards broad reform is to harmonise the tax deductibility of contributions to all types of retirement funds, as well as provide…

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VIEWPOINT: AUTOMATIC LEVEL 2 Ready to start cooking?

The Amended Codes require that you address all five of the scorecard elements to achieve one of the eight B-BBEE status levels. Unless significant qualifying contributions were made prior to your 28 February 2016 financial year-end, it is possible that you will be found non-compliant when your 2016 financial year is measured under the Amended…

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VIEWPOINT: BUILD YOUR CREDIBILITY Excellence is not negotiable

The root of the word ‘credibility’ is credo, which is Latin for ‘I believe’. Credibility is the feeling of trust and respect that you inspire in others. As a young professional, building your credibility is a key pillar towards building your brand, your career, and your values. It takes time to build it, but it…

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ANALYSIS: CONSISTENCY OF INFORMATION IN ANNUAL REPORTS An ISA 720 perspective

Auditors have for many years been required to read other information included in documents containing the audited financial statements. So what will change in future under International Standard on Auditing (ISA) 720 (Revised), The Auditor’s Responsibilities Relating to Other Information? By Leon Kies ‘Lack of consistency can bring on a lack of interest.’ Now that’s…

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VIEWPOINT: VAT IMPLICATIONS On-charges

The term ‘supply’ is widely defined in the Value-Added Tax Act 81 of 1991 (VAT Act) to include performance under a rental agreement. The rental of commercial property such as office space and factories is subject to VAT where the rental income exceeds the R1 million threshold. VAT registration is then compulsory, and the landlord…

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VIEWPOINT: FEMALE WEALTH International Women’s Day Celebrations

According to the 2015 Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (Bwasa) Women in Leadership Census, females make up 25% or more of the director or executive managerial positions in 34 of the 293 JSE-listed companies surveyed.  More South African women are taking up leadership roles and may be the main breadwinners for their families. With 8…

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UP-TO-DATE: Keeping you informed of business today

ACCOUNTING INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REPORTING STANDARDS (IFRSs) Have you considered the impact of the new Leases Standard? IFRS 16, Leases, has been published and will replace the existing Leases Standard and related Interpretations. IFRS 16 will require all leases to be reported on a lessee’s statement of financial position as a right of use asset and…

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INFLUENCE: TIME FOR EVERYONE TO GET ON THE BUS

Commitment to transformation in the profession is belied by negative university environments and poor support for Thuthuka. By Monique Verduyn The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) has made steady progress in helping to produce more black chartered accountants. Blacks in total form about 21% of the CA(SA) population. This is largely due to…

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