A lot of people are currently starting companies at the moment due to job losses and seeking alternative income. Unfortunately, these business owners are never advised on what steps to take next i.t.o staying compliant at SARS and other state institutions. Below is a bit of a break down of what needs to be done and which returns need to be submitted.
The first thing you should do is open a bank account for the business. Without one, you will not be able to register for any tax types, or register on the central supplier database.
The company will be liable for tax from the day it is registered. After the end of each financial year, a set of financial statements will have to be compiled. These information on these financial statements will be used to submit the tax return of the company.
During the year, all companies have to submit 2 provisional tax returns based on the figures of the current financial year. The first one is 6 months into the year and the second 12 months. So for company with a February year end, it will be August and February.
As soon as one of your employees earn more than R6 918(for the 2021 financial year), you will have to register at SARS for employee tax. Or PAYE as it is known. You will have to deduct PAYE on a monthly basis from the employee and pay it over to SARS before the 7th of the following month. This also means that you will have to provide all employees who tax are deducted from with an IRP5 certificate on an annual basis.
Once a company has a turnover of more than R1 million for a 12month period, they have to register for VAT. There is also an option for companies to voluntarily register if their turnover is less. The VAT is then calculated every second month and paid over to SARS. A lot of customers and suppliers prefer to do business with companies who are VAT registered. You will also need to be VAT registered in order to apply for tenders or contracts.
CIPC – Annual returns
All ompanies have to submit an annual return to CIPC every year. Click here for more information.
Everyone always talks about annual returns from CIPC, but not many business owners know what it entails.
Who needs to submit?
All private companies, close corporations, personal liability companies and non profit companies. The annual return has to be submitted in the anniversary month of the company. If the company was registered in May, the annual return will also be due in may.
The main details required by CIPC are the annual turnover of the company. The details must also be completed for the person/s responsible for keeping the financial records of the company.
Our fee for any company amendments is only R250. These amendments include:
Change of director
change of address/ contact details
change of year end
These changes are done electronically via the CIPC portal, and needs to be signed by the directors of the private company.
We can also assist with submitting annual returns for your private company or closed corporations. The cost is R100 per year plus the CIPC charges. Not submitting these returns can lead to penalties, and the deregistration of the company. It is therefore very important to always ensure that the annual returns of the private company is up to date.