Project Description

Business Tax

Whether you’re a family business or a complex multinational group, more than ever you need to be able to satisfy the tax authorities and other stakeholders that your tax affairs are in order. This requires the time and resources to understand and respond to complex tax legislation in an environment where Tax Authorities’ review processes are becoming increasingly sophisticated.  
Managing your tax exposure also requires the expertise to consider all relevant taxes in the context of your commercial objectives. An effective tax plan will help you make the most of all available tax reliefs and maximise savings. This is particularly important if you are restructuring your business, considering a transaction or expanding.

Meeting your needs

We provide practical advice taking account of your key commercial drivers and offer a no-obligation tax ‘health check’ to identify opportunities that may benefit your business.

You’ll have direct access to highly qualified, senior-level experts in all areas of tax relevant to your business who will work closely with your existing auditors or other advisers where necessary.

You’ll be able to build long-term relationships with carefully selected tax advisers matching your management style and a very personal service tailored to the precise needs of your business.

You’ll have access to senior people from across our diverse business, as well as benefiting from our network of specialists.

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Tax compliance

Growing scrutiny by tax authorities means businesses now face ever-increasing tax compliance and reporting obligations.

Dealing with complex fiscal rules, changing legislation and harsher penalty regimes can place a considerable burden on you, your management team and your business. How you manage your tax affairs can also potentially impact on your public profile.

Having a trusted partner to manage your tax compliance requirements and negotiate and resolve any issues with SARS enables you to focus your time and effort on running your business.

Meeting your needs

Expert

You’ll have direct access to highly qualified tax experts who can act as your sounding board and provide a vigorous challenge on tax treatments where necessary.

Tailored

You’ll get a service tailored to the precise needs and risk profile of your business and we can provide an in-house tax team if required when your resources are stretched.

Experienced

We have extensive experience negotiating with SARS, with whom we have an excellent working relationship, and offer protection against certain professional fees incurred as a result of dealing with enquiries for an upfront one-off fee.

Complete

You’ll get an in-depth, comprehensive review of your tax position, as well as access to senior staff.

Solutions

  • Returns: Preparing business tax computations and returns.
  • Provisions: Preparing and reviewing tax provisions and notes for inclusion in business statutory accounts.
  • Updates: Providing guidance and advice on complex tax rules and legislation under e-filing.
  • Liabilities: Monitoring and advising on tax liabilities and due dates for business tax.
  • Dispute resolution: Negotiating with SARS on your behalf to resolve any enquiries and/or disputes.
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Employment taxes, benefits and incentives

Sound employment benefits and incentives planning helps attract, retain and motivate high-quality employees as well as bringing your business substantial tax cost savings.

Employers often need answers to a number of important questions in an employment tax landscape that can be increasingly difficult to navigate. How can you streamline employee rewards to maximise return on investment? How should you structure employee remuneration to support your long-term growth plans? Which share schemes are the best fit for your business? What’s the best way to manage your compliance obligations and risks?

Meeting your needs

Tailored

You will get a very personal service, tailored to the precise commercial objectives and talent requirements of your business.

Expert

You will have direct access to senior employment tax specialists who will give you practical advice without the jargon.

Innovative

We pride ourselves on creative thinking and smart solutions aligned to your overall business strategy to keep you ahead of the competition.

Complete

You will get access to senior people from across our diverse business, including our experienced network of tax professionals and employee benefits specialists.

Solutions

  • Reviews: Streamlining your current reward arrangements and identifying areas where savings can be made.
  • Share schemes: Designing and implementing incentive schemes and share option plans taking account of different stakeholders’ interests.
  • Compliance: Reviewing expenses and benefits arrangements, as well as arrangements for non-executive directors, to ensure they are compliant.
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VAT services

Staying on top of VAT is essential to help avoid stiff penalties for non-compliance and late filing, while also helping to improve cashflow and profitability.

VAT affects a range of business functions, with wide variations in the rules depending on your business activities and sector. It is essential you have specialist advice to ensure your business is compliant and to help with complex capital projects or transactions to minimise your tax exposure.

With increasing scrutiny from tax authorities, it’s vital you have the right advice should you want to dispute a VAT assessment or negotiate a settlement with SARS.

Meeting your needs

Expert

You will have access to highly experienced VAT specialists offering jargon-free VAT advice.

Innovative

Our VAT specialists use their expertise and in-depth knowledge to solve your VAT problems, prevent disputes and offer original solutions.

Tailored

You will get a very personal service tailored to the precise tax needs of your business.

Experienced

Our network has extensive experience negotiating with SARS, with whom we have an excellent working relationship.

Solutions

  • Transactions: Review of VAT treatment and maximising VAT recovery.
  • Structuring: Advising on the VAT treatment of complex transactions, contracts and business structures, including the impact of anti-avoidance legislation.
  • Exemption: Designing and maintaining partial exemption methods.
  • Compliance: Helping you with VAT returns and other compliance work.
  • Registration: Registering your business for VAT.
  • Inspections: Assisting with VAT audits and inspections.
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Transactions advisory

When undertaking any significant business transactions, companies need to ensure that all potential tax liabilities and planning opportunities are fully considered.

Regardless of the type of transaction – from the acquisition of shares to the transfer of trade, assets or liabilities as part of a restructuring programme – any change can be complex, costly and give rise to new tax exposures.

Businesses can minimise this exposure by carrying out due diligence to manage risk and ensure the transaction is structured in an efficient way.

Meeting your needs

Expert

You will have access to highly qualified tax experts with the skills and experience to stay on top of ever-changing tax legislation and help minimise deal costs.

Informed

Our team provides valuable market insights around the timing of your transaction and the tax implications of issues such as new legislation, the tax year and VAT period.

Tailored

You will get a personal service tailored to your specific commercial needs, with detailed advice and recommendations across all relevant taxes based on in-depth analysis.

Complete

You will have access to senior staff from across our diverse business, including from our specialist transaction support team, to help with issues such as due diligence, valuations and financial modelling.

Solutions

  • Structuring: Providing commercial, pragmatic solutions on the tax implications of the proposed structure of a transaction.
  • Due diligence: Preparing tax due diligence reports highlighting the potential tax risks and liabilities.
  • Deal costs: Identifying opportunities to maximise tax relief on deal costs. This is particularly important for VAT.
  • Support: Providing ongoing tax support throughout the transaction process, including advice on tax aspects of the sale and purchase documentation.
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