11 April 2022 – A message to all Conveyancers in connection with Transfer Duty applications. Did you know you only have seven days to upload your supporting documents after the final request letter was issued? See our communique for more detail.
What is it?
Top Tip: Make sure that you are using the correct rate, depending when the property was acquired.
Who pays Transfer Duty?
- For acquisitions:
The person acquiring the property
- For renunciations:
The person in whose favour or for whose benefit, any interest in or restriction upon the use or disposal of property has been renounced.
How do I submit my Transfer Duty Declaration?
- A Transfer Duty Declaration can be submitted to SARS in one of two ways:
- Should supporting documents be required, it will be requested of the Conveyancer to upload such electronically. Once satisfied, the application will be approved. If no payment is required, the system will automatically release the receipt after approval.
- Should a payment be required, the Conveyancer will make such via eFiling after which the receipt will be issued.
- It is advised that all parties ensure their tax affairs are in order as property transfers are used in an attempt to ensure tax compliance across all taxes. If, for example, you are not registered or you have outstanding tax returns or payments, you will be given the opportunity to correct matters with SARS. Should matters not be resolved, steps will be taken to ensure compliance and this may delay the transfer of the property. One such step that may be taken is the appointment of the Conveyancer or any other person as an agent with the instruction to pay SARS from the proceeds of the sale. It is further recommended that you ensure that your personal details (ID number, Income Tax/VAT number) on our systems are correct as any disparity could also cause delays.
- A taxable supply is a supply on which VAT must be charged at the standard rate (it increased from 14% to 15% from 1 April 2018) or at the zero rate. To be a taxable supply, the supplier (seller or transferor) must be a “vendor” and the supply of the property must be in the course or furtherance of an “enterprise.”
- The supply of an entire enterprise with all its assets (including any fixed property) as a “going concern” may qualify as a zero-rated taxable supply if all the conditions in section 11(1)(e) of the VAT Act are met. Refer to Interpretation Note 57: Sale of an enterprise or part thereof as a going concern and VAT News 15 – August 2000 for more details in this regard.