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In South Africa, companies are divided by law into commercial and non-profit companies. The company must be registered as an external company. The most common forms of doing business are private companies and branches.
A company is a resident if it is registered in South Africa or effectively operates within the country. Which means that if any company has its current directors and effective management are located within – such company would be considered as a resident.
Residents are taxed on worldwide income; non-residents are taxed on income from South African sources and on capital gains caused by real estate transactions from foreign sources and income from selling the assets of a permanent establishment.
Branches are generally taxed in the same way as permanent establishments.
Income tax is levied on profits, which consist of income from the activities of the company, passive income and capital gains. Expenses incurred whilst generating income can be excluded from taxable income. The rate is usually 28% for companies and affiliates.
Companies must file their tax returns annually during the period determined by the South African Revenue Service (SARS). Preliminary tax payments should be made twice a year based on the assessment of the final tax amount.
The first should be done in the first half of the year and the second one – in the second half of the year. If advance tax payments are less than the final tax liability, additional payment must be made within six months after the end of the tax year.
VAT is levied on the services provided and goods sold. The standard rate is 15%.
VAT registration is obligatory for companies that have a turnover of goods and services with a zero VAT rate of 1 million ZAR per year.
All countries that receive services or sell goods in South Africa register should register their VAT payer status when this threshold is exceeded. In particular, those companies which have activities that meet special regulation in South Africa.
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