Pebbles Nursery School

November 17, 2021

HLB Barnett Chown, gets invited to the graduation and concert at the school they are so fond of.

HLB has been supporting the Pebbles School throughout the year with goodies that the children needed and some fun things as well.
We were invited to Primrose Pebble School on Friday the 5th of November to attend the graduation ceremony, in order for them to say a huge THANK YOU to HLB for our generous contributions they received from us during the year.
We are so blessed to be able to help out in our community and continue to do so for as long as we can.

 

 

 

 

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What Auto-Assessed Taxpayers Must Know as the November Deadline Looms

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A year after the first mass auto-assessments were issued by SARS in 2020, many more taxpayers are facing the 2021 tax season deadline of 23 November – just days away!

Read on to find out what has changed since last year, what is still the same and important to know, and why you need to contact your accountant before accepting or editing a return/auto-assessment result.

 

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Letter of Demand from SARS? Handle With Care!

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For many South African companies – already battered by loadshedding, lockdowns and looting – a letter of demand from SARS could be the last straw. For others it may be the entry point into one of the many scams that use letters of demand pretending to originate from SARS. For others still, it may be a signal that the company’s internal compliance procedures are lacking. And, in two recent court cases (refer below), the manner in which the letter of demand was delivered proved to be an important safeguard for the companies that experienced SARS simply deducting the outstanding tax debt from their bank accounts!

Regardless of the circumstances, any letter of demand from – or seemingly from – SARS should be handled with care!

What a SARS Letter of Demand means

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How To Mitigate Risk

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Battered by national lockdowns of varying intensity since March last year, many businesses have been further affected by weeks of looting and riots in July. These cost 330 South Africans their lives, while our country lost about R50 billion in output, with an estimated 50,000 informal traders and 40,000 businesses affected, placing 150,000 jobs at risk.

For some businesses who had managed to survive in an economy that contracted by 7% last year, it was a final blow. In the economic hubs of Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, businesses, shops and warehouses were destroyed or shut down. Virtually all businesses across the country – and in neighbouring countries – were impacted by the resulting food, fuel and medical supply shortages, as well as disruption of supply chains when the ports of Durban and Richards Bay were brought to a standstill and the N3 highway was closed.

 

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Home Office Expenses: To Claim or Not to Claim?

06 August 2021

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“All employers should allow their employees to work from home unless it is absolutely necessary for them to perform work on-site” was among the government’s directives issued on 28 June, when South Africa was placed under an adjusted Alert Level 4 lockdown in response to the third wave of Covid-19 infections in the country.

While working from home has certainly become a more familiar feature of the employment landscape and is predicted to remain so long after all lockdown restrictions are lifted, it has been some time since employees were actually compelled to work from home wherever possible

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How 67 Minutes on Mandela Day Can Change Our World and Benefit Your Business

18 July 2021

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Nelson Mandela, our former president and world-renowned human rights champion, was born on 18 July. Fondly known as Madiba or Tata, his life was an inspiration to the world and he received more than 250 public honours, including the Nobel Peace Prize.

Why Mandela Day and why 67 minutes?     

In recognition of his immense contributions, 18 July was declared Nelson Mandela International Day by unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly in 2009. It is more than a celebration of his life and legacy; it is a global movement to honour his life’s work and to change the world for the better.

On his 90th birthday, Madiba said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens. It is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all.”

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How To Mitigate Risk

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The situation is not going to improve – more load shedding is predicted, by Eskom itself, for the next five years together with even higher electricity tariffs. Given the impact of load shedding and the high cost of electricity, business owners are well-advised to understand and assess the risks faced in terms of electricity supply and to implement strategies to mitigate this risk. 

 

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Pebbles Nursery School

May 30, 2021

HLB Barnett Chown, another charity drive for the school we are so fond of.

HLB wanted to support Pebbles School as we have done in the past however we decided that we would spoil the children with party packets.
We went through on the 30th March just before the Easter weekend. We spoilt them with sweets and coldrink and of course an Easter egg. So they could enjoy the Easter weekend festivities.
We also included some Hygiene products (Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and face cloth), which we knew they needed.
We also included a colouring book and crayons as an activity for them to do.
It is always such a pleasure to give back to these kids.
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HLB Barnett Chown Tax Guide

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To provide valuable, efficient and cost effective accounting, auditing
and financial services to our clients by using committed and experienced
professionals.

Everything you need to know with regards to Tax including Tax during Covid.

 

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Selected for SARS Verification or Audit? Here’s What to Expect... and What to Do

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A number of recent tax developments strongly indicate that taxpayers will face even more intense scrutiny from SARS in this new tax year. Most recently, an additional R3 billion was allocated to SARS in the 2021 Budget Speech “to improve technology, data and machine learning capability and upskill SARS officials to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of SARS”.

This will include expanding specialised audit and investigation
skills and establishing another specialised audit unit for investigations into the tax
affairs of high net worth individuals with highly complex financial structures,

 

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Budget 2021: What It Means to You

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Reminding South Africans of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s advice that hope is being able to see light despite all the darkness, the Minister presented what has been called a “positive”, “balanced” and “sustainable” framework to address these challenges, announcing some unexpected but welcome short-term tax relief. 

 

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Provisional Income Tax Due 26 February: Do’s and Don’ts for Companies

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Provisional tax is not a separate tax but rather a method of payment used to collect in advance some of a taxpayer’s income tax payable for the year. SARS calls it “an advance payment of a taxpayer’s normal tax liability” and notes in its External Guide for Provisional Tax that provisional tax liability “will prevent a large amount of tax due by you on assessment, as your tax liability will have been spread over a period of time
prior to the issue of such assessment”.

 

Two provisional tax payments are compulsory each year, one six months into the year of assessment (first period) and one on or before the end of the year of assessment (second period). There is also an option to make an additional third or top-up payment, seven months after the end of the year of assessment – unless your year end is anything other than end of February in which event you have only six months for the top-up
payment (third period).

 

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