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Tax on Sugar and Sweetened Beverages

Although the overall impact of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages would be negative the effect would be “relatively small”, National Treasury said. 

During public hearings on government’s proposed tax that took place in Parliament on Tuesday, National Treasury said it expected job losses in the sugar and beverages industries to be 5 000 at most. 

“But the health outcomes associated with this tax need to be factored into the overall assessment of the tax proposal,” an official said. 

Zulu Calls on SMMEs to Pay Tax

Small Business Development Minister, Lindiwe Zulu, says the tax needs of small and medium enterprises (SMME) need to be balanced with those of government.
 
Speaking during the national SMME policy colloquium in Johannesburg, Zulu noted that, "Tax is important for the country, so that even those that are in business, who... want to be assisted by government, there must be an understanding that money is taken from tax."
 

Call to Lift Tax Exemption for NGOs

Zambia’s Non-Governmental Organisations’ Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has appealed to government to rescind its decision on lifting tax exemptions for public benefit organisations (PBOs) through the implementation of Statutory Instrument number 103 of 2013.

NGOCC executive director, Engwase Mwale, says implementing SI 103 will negatively affect people at the grassroots because it will make it harder for the public benefit organisations to assist needy communities.

Pros and Cons of Taxing Churches in Zimbabwe

According to Obert Gutu, one of the major rationales of not taxing churches Zimbabwe is that the church is a non-profit making organisation.

Gutu, who states that nonprofit organisations are exempt from income and other taxes because their principal purpose is not profit oriented, adding that taxing churches would be discriminatory as there are other nonprofit making groups, such as political organisations, non-governmental organisations, and social welfare and service organisations which are also exempt from tax.

From Grandstanding to Straight Talking

With the elections still fresh in our minds, it is tempting to dismiss the African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe's announcement of a small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) ministry as political showboating. Business owners and industry commentators can, perhaps, also be forgiven for rolling their eyes at the likelihood of more growth-inhibiting bureaucracy.
 

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit: Intern

The services delivered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise, it supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development.

Tax Money Should Stay in the Country - OUTA

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says government's plan to slash the perks of officials is welcome, but more needs to be done to ensure tax money stays in the country.
 
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, states that what was shocking to the alliance is that e-tolls, paid for by local motorists will enrich a foreign company with more than R13 billion over the next 20 years.
 

Change Tax Laws to Make it Easier to Give

The extraordinary philanthropic gesture by mining magnate Patrice Motsepe and his family has provoked a flurry of positive and negative commentary. His announcement that he will give half of the money generated by his family's assets to the Motsepe Foundation to fund education, health and other initiatives to assist poor South Africans has prompted many to ask: ‘What's in it for them?’

Tax Benefits of Registering as a PBO in South Africa

Registering as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) in terms of section 10(1)(cN),  requires that an organisation complies with a number of initial administrative requirements in terms of section 30 of the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 (the Act). Further, compliance procedures are prescribed in the Act which has to be adhered to in order for an income tax exempt organisation to retain its exempt status.

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