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Latest Tax-News Special Feature


Accounting Standards: Introduction to IFRS


As if tax wasn't complicated enough in most jurisdictions, businesses must also contend with accounting standards rules that, internationally, are in a state of flux as countries harmonize their own rules with ever-evolving international standards at different speeds. This feature attempts to make sense of the current accounting standards situation, and the transition to global standards.


From National to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)


It is a legal requirement in most jurisdictions that public companies must present their accounts and other financial information according to a standard set of accounting rules. Traditionally, these rules were developed at national level - US Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is but one example. However, globalization means that thousands of companies now operate in more than one jurisdiction - sometimes several - and this means that accounts have to be prepared and published under numerous different sets of national accounting rules. This undesirable situation has led to confusion and a general lack of transparency for investors when scrutinizing a company's financial records. The answer to this has been the development of a single set of standards that can be used by companies to present information in a uniform way regardless of jurisdiction, a process begun in 1973 by the Board of the International Accounting Standards Committee, which issued International Accounting Standards (IASs). The fact that this is still very much a work in progress 40 years later is a testament to how arduous a task this has been.


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Sovereign Trust (South Africa) Limited

Q&A with Coreen Hayman, Managing Director of Sovereign Trust (South Africa) Limited


The South African Government is eager to make it easier for its residents to invest internationally and for non-residents to invest in South Africa. Significant changes to our exchange control rules and dividend tax regime are clear indications of the Government's attempts to make this happen. Coreen Hayman, Managing Director of Sovereign Trust (South Africa) Limited (an offshore service provider with company, trust and cross border tax consultancy expertise) deals with some of the more frequent questions raised in connection with this topic.


Q1: Dividend tax replaced Secondary Tax on Companies (STC) recently - when did the changes come into effect and what has changed?

Q2: Why the change?

Q3: Apparently South Africans shareholders are not liable for tax on dividends received from a foreign company. Is that true?

Q4: What are Exchange Control Regulations?

Q5: Do these Regulations only apply to South African nationals?

Q6: In terms of the Exchange Control Regulations, Investment allowances have increased significantly over the last decade. How much can a South African currently invest abroad?

Q7: Is it true that you can reduce income tax and estate duty by transferring your annual Investment Allowance to an offshore trust and investing through the trust?


For more information on Sovereign, please visit our website: www.SovereignGroup.com

Cape Town Office, 7 West Quay Road, Block A, 2nd Floor, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001
Tel: +27 (0) 21 418 2170

Fax: +27 (0) 86 645 0489

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