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South Africa VAT measures for coronavirus

  • May 7, 2020 | Richard Asquith

7 May - is considering allowing small taxpayers to switch to monthly VAT returns to help with speedy refunds.

23 April - South Africa has announced a second round of support and reliefs for businesses during the COVID-19 crisis. This latest round includes Value Added Tax measures.

Phase 1 in March focused on mitigating the first effects of the epidemic, including some tax breaks. Phase 2, announced on 21 April, focuses on stabilising the economy, with a emphasis on preventing job losses. This includes many payroll tax reliefs for smaller businesses.

For VAT, the Ministry of Finance has committed to speedy VAT refunds. For smaller businesses, this can include switching to monthly returns for fast credit repayments. There are no changes to VAT filings deadlines or payment obligations.

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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 can be contacted at: He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 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.

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