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South Africa: VAT registration of foreign ecommerce service suppliers as of 1 January 2014

As of 1 January 2o14 all non-South African suppliers of ecommerce services will be required to register as VAT vendors in South Africa and account for output VAT on its supplies to South African residents.

E-commerce services are defined in the South African VAT Act to include any supply of services where the placing of the order and delivery of the service is made electronically.

The VAT registration requirement for a non-resident supplier of ecommerce services is triggered by either the supply of such services to a South African resident recipients (either B2B or B2C) or where payment is affected from a South African registered bank.

The level of supplies made by the non-resident in South Africa is irrelevant, meaning that there is no minimal turnover threshold and the obligation to VAT register arises from the very first South African Rand generated with e-service to SA based clients.

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South Africa plans to implement madatory VAT registration for foreign businesses selling digital products to SA clients

South African National Treasury has proposed that foreign businesses, which sell digital products to South African customers, be required to register for VAT purposes in South Africa.

The VAT implications of digital product sales, including books and music sold via the internet by suppliers who are neither resident nor established in South Africa, have caused uncertainties and resulted in VAT compliance risks for these foreign businesses.

For your convenience has therefore the National Treasury proposed in the 2013 Budget Review (which was released on 27 February 2013), that foreign businesses supplying ebooks, music and other digital goods and services in South Africa be required to register as VAT vendors.

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