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South Africa to review VAT compliance issues

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  • 22 July 2013 | Richard Asquith

South Africa to review VAT compliance issues

A Tax Review Committee is to review a number of aspects of the South African VAT compliance regime. Its aim will be to improve the efficiency of the system, and bring it closer into line with other countries. This issues will include:

  • An evaluation of the balance between indirect (VAT) and direct (business and income) taxes.
  • Improvements to the filing regime to help small and medium sized companies
  • How to fairly levy VAT on online sales to consumers
  • The opportunities for levying VAT on financial and insurance services

One potential outcome would be to increase South African VAT from the relatively low rate of 14%.


VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He is part of the European leadership team which this year won International Tax Review's Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.