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What comes first? Happiness or Money?

“Is getting richer all that it’s cracked up to be?” so asked The Economist a while back. The UK weekly noted that it is clear that there is a positive relationship between income growth and well-being. What is not clear is whether happiness leads to money or vice versa.

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Owner managed business and corporate governance

You may be forgiven for looking at the great volumes of laws, regulations and publications around corporate governance and consider them irrelevant to a small company/business that is closely managed by the owner’s thereof.

And certainly, it is inevitably not appropriate in an owner managed type environment to implement certain best practices mostly applicable to large or JSE listed entities.

It is however important to consider certain basic corporate governance principles and realise that corporate governance can be quite practical and relevant to a business of any size or nature.

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Can you claim VAT input on reimbursements paid to employees for the business use of their personal cell phone?

It is not uncommon for employers to reimburse their employees for all or part of their cell phone usage each month. This is done on the basis that the employee regularly uses his / her personal cell phone for business purposes. The employee receives a tax invoice in his own name and provides it to his employer, who then will reimburse him a fixed amount for business calls. The tax invoice is in the employee’s name. Ordinarily a tax vendor cannot claim VAT input unless they have a tax invoice in the name of that vendor. Yet surely it seems fair to allow an input tax deduction as it is a genuine business expense?

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