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Update on the rules for conference organisers in South Africa

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  • 16 January 2013 | Richard Asquith

Update on the rules for conference organisers in South Africa

The South African VAT authorities have issued a new instruction on the VAT obligations of foreign traders organising conferences and live events.  Key points include:

  • companies must notify the South African tax authorities within 20 days of the commencement of trade, which includes employing staff
  • to register for VAT, companies must provide basic company information (Memorandum and Articles of Association), details and copy passports for Directors, and proof of the plan to trade
  • foreign companies must appoint a local VAT agent
  • single events do generally not constitute an on-going trade, and therefore VAT registration and compliance is not required
  • organisers must open a local bank account for the processing of in-country payments and currency, and this is a pre-condition to receiving a South African VAT number

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.