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Reading beyond the Budget 2017 headlines: Bracket creep hits low to middle income earners

Published: Fri, 24 Feb 17

The 2017 Budget had some surprises, especially for the wealthy, with steep increases in income tax and dividend withholding tax. But the silent tax increase is the one to worry about. “The real loser from this Budget is the average South African taxpayer,” says Richard Carter, head of product development ...
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10 years after sub-prime crisis global finance sector still ignores long-term risk

Published: Fri, 24 Feb 17

Markets unprepared for impact of energy transition and artificial intelligence   LONDON/NEW YORK: Ten years after the start of the subprime mortgage crisis analysts and investors still largely ignore long-term financial risks, warns a report launched today by the think tank 2° Investing Initiative and ...
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Sage Foundation launches $1 million Enterprise Fund to inspire innovation and change in Africa

Published: Fri, 24 Feb 17

Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: Sage, the market and technology leader for integrated accounting, payroll & HR, and payment systems, has today launched Sage Foundation’s Enterprise Fund. The new $1 million fund is open to non-profits in Africa with enterprising ideas to help improve the lives of military veterans, ...
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Predictions for the Banking Industry: Five Key Shifts Expected

Published: Fri, 24 Feb 17

Johannesburg: An influx in innovative fintech and digital banking competitors against the conventional bankers has seen the industry find ways to adapt their approach to suit their customers. Gareth Whitaker, Presales Director at Software AG foresees five key changes for the banking industry locally and globally. ...
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Liberty continues to preserve value despite challenging operating environment

Published: Fri, 24 Feb 17

Management takes active steps to address some of the shorter-term challenges   Financial Highlights Normalised headline earnings per share up 904. 5 cents Capital adequacy ratio strong at 2. 5% Normalised operating earnings down 37% Assets under management (AUM) of R676 ...
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FSB warns the public against MadodaForex (Pty) Ltd

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

The Financial Services Board (FSB) warns the public to act with caution when dealing with Madoda Forex (Pty) Ltd. It has been brought to the attention of the Regulator that Madoda Forex (Pty) Ltd is soliciting money from unsuspecting individuals, promising unrealistic interest rates payable within 5 to 20 days. ...
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FSB warns the public against Preve Consulting

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

The Financial Services Board (FSB) warns the public to act with caution when dealing with Preve Consulting. It has been brought to the attention of the Regulator that Preve Consulting Ltd is soliciting money from unsuspecting individuals and promising them high and unrealistic interest rates within 5 to 30 days. ...
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Budget 2017 and the tax rules related to share buybacks

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

By Ernest Mazansky, Director of Werksmans Tax Practice   One of the announcements was that the tax rules related to share buybacks – widely used to avoid CGT, because the proceeds are treated as exempt dividends – would be changed. While this announcement was not unexpected, especially after ...
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Embrace that financial talk; it’s the last hurdle to a promising relationship

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

Celebrated worldwide as the month of love, February often gives a little extra spark to relationships everywhere. Whether you’re making marriage plans or looking forward to buying your first home together, do you know everything there is to know about your partner’s spending habits?   As well ...
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Unpacking 2017 Budget speech for your business

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

In the midst of a fluctuating rand and an economy in need of resurgence, Minister Gordhan provides a glimmer of hope to businesses against the backdrop of an already slow growth economy. FNB Business experts share their views on the Budget speech. Attie Anderson, Head of Commercial Property Finance ...
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SA Budget 2017 was more bond than equity friendly

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

By Mark Appleton, SA Strategy Head at Ashburton Investments Reduced fiscal deficit targets presented by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan did not differ markedly from those envisaged in the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement presented in October last year. The deficit before borrowing is budgeted to reduce from ...
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Budget 2017: National Budget strikes the right balance

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

By Trurman Zuma, Chief Executive of Savings at Sanlam   Cape Town: Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s budget speech struck the right balance between finding room to fund government’s revenue shortfall and ensuring that the majority of the population benefits from a fair tax dispensation, says ...
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Budget 2017: Nasty surprises still coming on the tax front

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

By Patricia Williams, Tax Partner, Bowmans Tax increases of R28 billion were announced in the 2017 Budget speech by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, on Wednesday, 22 February 2017. While these are the tax increases that will take effect within this year’s legislative cycle, the Budget Review 2017 ...
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Budget 2017: Delicate balancing act

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

At a time of severe economic stress in South Africa, the Minister of Finance had few options available to deliver a budget which is “highly redistributive to poor and working families”. The outcome, therefore, contained few surprises and will help to promote transformation and redistribution. “We ...
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Radical economic transformation: Did Budget 2017 meet COSATU’s expectations regarding tax changes?

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

By Patricia Williams and Neli Sibambo, Tax, Bowmans COSATU issued a press release recently in relation to its “enormous expectations” for the 2017/18 budget. As regards the tax proposals, how does Budget 2017 measure up? Income tax and VAT increases should only be for high income earners This ...
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Budget 2017: Increased dividends tax a tax on South African individuals

Published: Thu, 23 Feb 17

By Patricia Williams, Tax, Bowmans Budget 2017 announced an increase in dividends tax, from 15% to 20%. This tax increase is effectively borne almost exclusively by South African individuals, and should be seen for what it is: a further tax on “wealthier” individuals. The increase in ...
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Budget 2017: Long-term wealth planning essential to limit effects of new super tax rate in SA

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

Johannesburg: A total R28 billion in tax hikes were announced in the 2017/18 Budget, with personal income taxes for South Africa’s wealthy making up the bulk of these increases. In combination, amendments to the personal income tax tables are expected to provide additional revenues of R16. Notably, a new top ...
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Budget 2017 - Still at the crossroads

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

            Arthur Kamp, Sanlam Investments                   Cape Town: There were no surprises in Budget 2017 relative to pre-Budget expectations, which maps out a credible path to ...
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Budget 2017: Personal income tax developments

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

By Kelly Pretorius, senior associate, Tax, Bowmans   In the 2017 Budget Speech, Minister Gordhan noted that (for the first time since 2009/10) tax revenues have not kept pace with economic growth. The projected tax revenue shortfall for 2016/17 is R30. 4 billion – the largest shortfall relative to ...
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Notes from the Budget 2017

Published: Wed, 22 Feb 17

By Lesiba Mothata, Chief Economist at Investment Solutions   The focus of the 2017/18 national budget was to raise R28 billion by increasing taxes. This has resulted in the tax burden increasing from 26% to 26. 7% of gross domestic product (GDP), which is still in the middle range relative to similar countries ...
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