VAT is a money machine for big government in Japan

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For years, I’ve been warning that a value-added tax (VAT) would be a terrible idea. Simply stated, politicians would have no reason to control spending or reform entitlements if they had a new source of tax revenue.

In this video, I explain why this European-style national sales tax is a money machine for bigger government.

via Just as Happened in Europe, the VAT Is Becoming a Money Machine for Big Govenrment in Japan « International Liberty.

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Small business owners innovate to stay ahead

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Small business owners are increasingly diversifying and innovating as they look to capitalise on the busy summer of events in the UK and improve their bottom line, according to Avivas bi-annual SME Pulse.

The numbers of SMEs putting on sales and discounts, diversifying into new areas or reducing overall prices have all increased in the last six months, with the desire to capitalise on the busy summer of sporting and other events likely to be one reason for this.

via Small business owners innovate to stay ahead in tough environment | Easier.

SA business owners look and learn.

VAT replacing business tax

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Beijing is likely to be the second city in China after Shanghai to start levying value-added tax (VAT) on transport and certain modern service industries on September 1, the US auditor Ernst & Young (E&Y) said in Beijing Thursday, citing an insider who participated in the municipal policymaking.

The State Council said Wednesday that it would expand the pilot reform of replacing business tax with VAT at an additional 10 areas between August 1 and the end of the year, as part of the government’s efforts in structural tax reduction.

The 10 places include Beijing, Tianjin municipalities, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Anhui, Fujian, Hubei and Guangdong provinces, as well as the cities of Xiamen and Shenzhen, the Xinhua News Agency reported Wednesday, citing a State Council decision.

E&Y predicted that because of a lack of infrastructure, only Beijing, Tianjin and Jiangsu and Anhui provinces would be able to complete such a reform by the end of the year, with Beijing being the first among the 10 places.

The local governments “would not initiate a pilot program if they’re not ready. There can easily be over 100,000 enterprises included in a (VAT) trial in Shanghai or Beijing. Without (deployment of) VAT-control invoice machines, these enterprises wouldn’t know what to do (with the trial),” said Liang Yinle, a partner at E&Y, who has advised the State Council on VAT reform.

Because of the complexity of VAT, Liang said in Shanghai’s case, the local government carried out massive training for the companies. Meanwhile, the VAT reform involves transferring taxation from local taxation bureaus to the local offices of the State Administration of Taxation, which needs time to coordinate, he said.

“Shanghai was the first city to try the VAT reform, where the business tax has been substituted by VAT with an 11-percent VAT rate on the transport sector and a 6-percent rate on the modern service industry,” Xinhua reported.

Liang noted that the VAT reform would not stoke up inflation as it currently focuses on the business-to-business sectors, and it could lower firms’ tax burdens in production because it avoids cascading effect of taxes, or tax on tax levy.

By the end of March, 129,000 companies in Shanghai had participated in the VAT reform, and the tax burden for the involved small firms was cut by about 40 percent, Shanghai-based eastday.com reported in May.

But the companies may get to pay more taxes on their increased profits, as VAT reduces the costs of production and eliminates the room for them to hide profits illegally, Liang said.

via VAT pilot rollout may be delayed – People’s Daily Online.

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Can you claim VAT back on materials used for accommodation?

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We have workers who are collected on Monday mornings and dropped off in Bonnievale on Friday afternoons. As we are a working farm and 30Km away from Bonnievale we have to supply accommodation for the workers whilst they are at work. This is normal.We have built a new workers cottage, re-conditioned one cottage and built a flushing toilet, shower and wash-up area. Installed solar heating and lighting, and cooking facilities.We have claimed VAT on the materials used and Sars say that as we are not charging rental and paying VAT over to them we cannot claim the VAT back on materials.My husbands auditor in Durban said we are entitled to claim the VAT back and my accountants in Dbn say we are not allowed to?What is our position?Sars have said if I give them the Act that covers the VAT that can be claimed then they will accept that. So I have to do their work.Please could you help us on this?

Response by Muneer Hassan CASA, project director, Saica StandardsI had a look at section 12cii and agree that this is an exempt supply hence no input tax can be claimed on direct attribution method.

via Moneywebtax – Can you claim VAT back on materials used for accommodation? – Integritax.

Sars nails security boss for R2.2m

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A former Durban police detective, who now owns a security company, is facing a tax fraud, alternatively tax evasion, charge for just over R2.2 million after a company audit by the SA Receiver of Revenue.

Sandile Nkabinde, 37, who is now wheelchair-bound, appeared briefly in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday. Nkabinde and his close corporation, Inside Edge, which trades under the name Sandile Security Services, have been charged for tax fraud.

According to the charge sheet, Nkabinde is listed as the sole member of the company that is registered as a value-added tax vendor. The state alleges that Nkabinde intended to defraud Sars by submitting false VAT returns on behalf of his company for the period June 2006 to February 2010, causing Sars to suffer a prejudice of just over R2.2 million.

The security company had a contract with the Mangosuthu University of Technology, in Umlazi, during this time.

According to Nkabinde’s LinkedIn profile, he was a detective with the South African Police for 11 years. During this time as a detective, it said, he led a team of detectives that was responsible for investigating police killings in Durban. He was also part of a team that investigated the political killings in Richmond.

His company was listed as providing a service to various government departments, specialising in physical guarding, special events, bodyguarding, skilled investigators and includes former guerrilla freedom fighters.

Nkabinde is also listed as being a chairman of a non-governmental organisation that helps raise funds for paraplegics and quadraplegics.

State advocate Selvan Govender requested an adjournment for representations to be made, and Nkabinde will again appear on February 28.

via Sars nails security boss for R2.2m – Daily News | News | IOL.co.za.

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I don’t mind paying tax. It’s what I owe.

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So, even though I am looking at a R9 000 tax bill (eish!) I somehow don’t mind. It’s what I owe. It’s my duty to pay it.

And at least Sars said thank you. For that, it gets an Orchid from me.

via Taxman tops the pile while Telkom simply torments us – Saturday Star