Tax Associate at Tax Consulting South Africa
Thomas Lobban holds and LLB and LLM from the University of Johannesburg and is a Tax Associate at Tax Consulting South Africa. His experience includes working as a Conflicts Analyst Assistant at Hogan Lovells where he conducted corporate research on various platforms, with a view to determining and identifying potential conflicts of interest for new business intake, working as an Editorial Assistant at TaxTalk and Business Law Tutor at the University of Johannesburg.
In the recent case of CSARS v Clicks Retailers (Pty) Ltd (58/2019)  ZASCA 187, the Supreme Court of Appeal (“the SCA”) sided with SARS in its interpretation of section 24C of the Income Tax Act, No. 58 of 1962. Contractors and others who avail themselves to this provision should heed the permutations set by this judgment, which was delivered on 3 December 2019.
The spirited Budget Speech given by Minister Tito Mboweni this Wednesday may have given many taxpayers a sense of cold comfort in otherwise tumultuous economic conditions in South Africa. However, aside from the quips about pot plants and there being no VAT increase, the proposals made are simply not enough for taxpayers anymore.
Taxpayers needing to work from home have been asking whether they may claim a deduction from their taxes for expenses they incur in doing so. The good news for some is that it is possible to claim a deduction where one meets the criteria for this; however, the permutations in the context of employees are quite limiting and dependent on careful consideration and planning.