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Article byRosebank Accountant: Vincent Motsi

Only the most optimistic among us would declare Budget 2024 a Small Business friendly budget!

SARS - 2024 budget speech. SME

The budget deficit is estimated to worsen from 4% to 4.9% of GDB this financial year, which means that debt service costs increase by R15.7 billion bringing the estimated total for the 2024 years to R356 billion.

So, what are the positives?

  • Err, None really...
  • Government Employees salaries going up to R251.3 billion
  • Grant recipients will see an increase in their grants, which should directly stimulate local spending.

The negatives?

  • Rooftop Solar rebate has been killed.
  • Sin Taxes – Excise duties on alcohol & tobacco increased by 7% on average.
  • Personal Tax brackets & Medical Tax credits will not be adjusted for inflation – so we all pay more taxes

Government has made no effort to support small business of the individual taxpayer with this budget, the clear facts are that business ownership for all entrepreneurs is going to carry more “penalties” and encounter more red tape than many might think the risks warrant!

So how can these penalties be mitigated? Once again, the best way is to ensure your business qualifies as a small business corporation (SBC) as this still allows for a little breathing room from the new tax increases.

How, may you ask?

The table below illustrates the different outcomes on R1 656 601 million profit and shows that being an SBC is still clearly the best option.

Budget Speech 2024, South Africa - tax implications

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