Value Added Tax

VAT registration

Value-added Tax (VAT) vendors are required to declare to SARS the difference between VAT incurred, and VAT charged to customers. The VAT calculation is a key aspect of business accounting – especially for small businesses – and it must be done as part of the monthly accounting process.

  • Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied at 15% on the supply (and import) of most goods and services. VAT registration is mandatory for any business with a turnover in excess of R1 million within any twelve-month period. Voluntary registration is possible as soon as turnover exceeds R50,000 within any six-month period. From 1 March 2012, qualifying micro businesses registered for Turnover Tax may also register for VAT.
  • LouwCooper helps companies to decide whether to become voluntary VAT vendors and we are experienced in registering qualifying businesses efficiently. We further submit returns and payments on time; issue tax invoices for supplies made; maintain adequate records; facilitate monthly/ bi-monthly payments, etc.


Our practitioners have forged close relationships with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and we closely monitor tax legislation and draft legislation. We provide:

  • VAT planning
  • VAT-related good governance services and support
  • Services related to the preparation and submission of VAT returns to SARS
  • SARS negotiations services
  • Assistance with SARS audits


Contact us for more information and we hope to answer any questions you may have


6 Remington Rd
Wynberg, Cape Town 7800



+27 (0) 21 761 3489
+27 (0) 63 589 1605