World Bank Places South Africa Among Most Tax-friendly Environments In Africa

Top Quote Nick Reed, managing partner of Russell Bedford firm Watermark Auditors Incorporated, Johannesburg, comments on World Bank Doing Business report. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) November 28, 2013 - The latest World Bank Doing Business report shows South Africa continuing to move up the ranking as one of the best business tax environments on the continent.

    With the report now in its 11th year, Doing Business 2014: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium-Size Enterprises analyses the impact of regulations throughout the business lifecycle across 189 jurisdictions, ranking economies on the basis of 10 indicators including ease of starting a business, and paying taxes. Russell Bedford member firms have contributed to each of the report's Paying Taxes survey since 2009, contributing data on tax regulation, recent reforms, and the real costs of tax compliance worldwide.

    While South Africa remains unchanged in 41st place worldwide for overall ease of doing business, the total tax burden on businesses is lower than that of its other African peers. Moving up two places to 24th worldwide, South Africa's tax environment is now more business-friendly than that of Cyprus, Iceland, the Netherlands and Sweden. With the total tax take reduced over the past year from 32.7 per cent to 30.1, the country remains ahead of the OECD average of 41.3 per cent, and substantially ahead of the Sub-Saharan average of 53.3 per cent.

    Nick Reed, managing partner of Russell Bedford member firm Watermark Auditors Incorporated commented: "This year's report is encouraging - the reduction in the total tax take, in particular. But there are no grounds for complacency, and new legislation next year (specifically regarding National Health Insurance and the potential introduction of carbon taxes) could have significant impacts for business."

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    Kempton Bedell-Harper
    Russell Bedford International
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    Nick Reed
    Watermark Auditors Incorporated
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    E: nick ( @ ) watermark dot co dot za

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