Getting a grip on Turnover Tax in South Africa

Understanding the tax landscape is essential for small businesses in South Africa to maintain financial stability and growth. One of the options available to them is the Turnover Tax, a simplified tax regime designed to ease the tax burden on micro and small businesses.

What is Turnover Tax?

Turnover Tax is a tax system introduced by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) to simplify tax compliance for small businesses. It is specifically designed for sole proprietors, partnerships, and close corporations with an annual turnover of less than R1 million. Turnover Tax replaces Income Tax, VAT, Provisional Tax, and Capital Gains Tax for eligible businesses, making it easier for them to manage their finances.

Key Features of Turnover Tax:

  1. Simplified Tax Calculations: Turnover Tax is based on a business’s annual turnover, making it much simpler to calculate and pay than traditional tax systems.
  2. Three Tax Rate Tiers: Businesses can choose from three different tax rate tiers based on their annual turnover, allowing them to select the best that suits them.
  3. No VAT Registration: Businesses registered for Turnover Tax do not need to register for VAT, reducing the administrative burden.
  4. No Provisional Tax: Eligible businesses are not required to make provisional tax payments, which eases cash flow management.
  5. Easy Compliance: Filing for Turnover Tax is straightforward and can be done bi-annually, simplifying the compliance process.

A big advantage of turnover tax is the reduced record-keeping requirements. The following records must be kept:

  1. Records of all amounts received;
  2. Records of dividends declared;
  3. A list of each asset with a cost price of more than R10,000 at the end of the year of assessment as well as of liabilities exceeding R10,000.

Turnover Tax in South Africa offers small businesses an attractive alternative to the more complex tax systems. It simplifies tax compliance, reduces administrative burdens, and allows business owners to focus on growing their enterprises. Contact Taxability to evaluate your business’s eligibility and consult a tax professional for advice to ensure this tax option aligns with your specific financial goals and circumstances.