Issue Date: 
Monday, September 22, 2014

Tenders and VAT

By Werner van Rooyen

22 September 2014

One question that gets raised during each How to Tender Workshop is must my business (or I) be registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) in order for me to tender? Or, must I register my business for VAT?

The answer according to the VAT Act, 1991 (Act No. 89 of 1991) is simple:

  • If your turnover is more than R1.2 million per annum then you have to register your business (or yourself in the case of a sole proprietor) for VAT.
  • There are commodities that are exempt from VAT and if you supply these commodities you do not have to register for VAT. I am not going to go into these technical issues for now.

There is such a thing as voluntary registration. You can register your business voluntary for VAT if your turnover was more than R50 000 for the previous twelve months preceding your registration application.

It is about voluntary VAT registration that I want to talk about. One thing that is a fact in South Africa is that businesses are legislated to death. There are so many laws and Regulations that have to be complied with that entrepreneurs struggle to focus on the most important thing in their business and that is sales. My advice is to stay un-registered for as long as possible - especially if you are a start-up business or a small business. I ask the business owners why they want to give themselves more paper work to do if it is not compulsory to register for VAT.

In my opinion the problem lies within big business. They force the small businesses to register for VAT otherwise they do not want to do business with the small business. It starts with big business` procurement procedures from which they do not want to deviate - you as small business owner must supply them with a TAX INVOICE otherwise they cannot do business with you. This is nonsense; big business must compromise to assist the small business to grow.

Then there is the matter of pricing. Theoretically there should be no difference in price between a VAT registered and a Non-VAT registered supplier. If they procure form the same wholesaler and their mark-up is the same then the price should bee the same. The only difference being the VAT that the registered supplier has to add to its price.

Although there are ample places in the Standard Bidding Documents that ask for your business` VAT registration number it is not a pre-requisite to be registered for VAT in order to respond to a Tender or a Request for Proposal or any other name it might be called. You might be confronted with a Tender Official that says you have to be registered for VAT, if so, just remind that Tender Official of the VAT Act.

The most important thing to remember when it comes to VAT when you respond to a tender is when it comes to pricing - 99.99% of the time your price must include VAT.

If you want to learn more about VAT and any other tender issues be sure not to miss out on our tender workshops. Visit our website www.how2tender.com for more information on our tender workshops or invest in our Tender Manual that is available as an eBook.

Until next time.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
Silver electric surgical oscillating orthopaedic medical bone saw (maxi drive) with accessories 2018-08-01 11:00 ZNQ 144 / 2018 / 19
Service provider to service fire extinguishers and hose reels, the company must be CIDB 1ME grade or above. The kilometers from St. Apollinaris Hospital to the clinics (single trip to) is: Sokhela Clinic x 07 (+/- 45.5km); Malenge clinic x 07 (+/-27km); Sphamandla clinic x 07 (+/- 18km); Riverside clinic x 07 (+/- 18km); Kilmun clinic x 07 (+/- 27km); Qulashe clinic x 07 (+/- 52km). 2018-08-02 11:00 84/ 2018/ 2019NSI
Supply Kiwi complete vacuum delivery system with palm pump (50 set) 2018-07-30 11:00 433/ 17- 18
Supply 8 bay mobile filer (04 units) 2018-07-30 11:00 111/ 18- 19
Service provider to service floor cleaning machine and replace the switch, the kilometers from St. Apollinaris Hospital to the clinics (single trip to) is: Riverside clinic x 02 (+/- 18km); Sokhela clinic x 01 (+/- 45.5km); Sphamandla clinic x 01 (+/- 18km); Kilmun clinic x 02 x (+/- 27km); Qulashe clinic x 01 x (+/- 52km); Malenge clinic x 02 x (+/- 27km). 2018-08-02 11:00 86/ 2018/ 2019NSI
6 Units x Portable Vascular Access - Illumination System 2018-07-27 11:00 ZNQ 23- 2018/ 19
Desludging of septic tank, the kilometers from St. Apollinaris Hospital to the clinics (single trip to ) is: Malenge Clinic x 02 (+/- 27km); Riverside clinic x 01 (+/- 18km); Qulashe clinic x 01 (+/- 52km); Sphamandla clinic x 02 (+/- 18km); Sokhela clinic x 02 (+/- 45,5km); Kilmun clinic x 02 (+/- 27km) 2018-08-02 11:00 82/ 2018/ 2019NSI
Supply pop walking heels - large (10 000 units) 2018-07-30 11:00 427/ 17- 18
Appointment of a service provider to supply, install and migrate the existing server infrastructure to a virtual environment. 2018-08-10 11:00 SHRA/ RFB/ ADMIN/ 05/ 201819
Supply lockable stationery cupboard 6ft (24 units). 2018-07-30 11:00 136/ 17- 18
Service provider to clean Jojo tanks,the company must be CIDB grade 1ME or above,the kilometers from St. Apollinaris Hospital to the clinics (single trip to) is: Riverside clinic x 01 x 7500L (+/- 18km) Sokhela clinic x 04 x 5000L (+/- 45.5km) Sphamandla clinic x 08 x 5000L (+/- 18km) 2018-08-02 11:00 109/ 2018/ 2019NSI
Supply floor polisher machine R46 (16 units). 2018-07-30 11:00 136/ 17- 18
Service provider to service airconditioner at Kilmun clinic, the company must be CIDB 1ME or above x 06 unit 2018-08-02 11:00 111/ 2018/ 2019NSI
Supply combi steamer (01 unit) 2018-07-30 11:00 79/ 18- 19
Request for information: A Nursing College Administration System (NCAS) for the South African Military Health Service (SAMHS) nursing college 2018-08-10 11:00 RFI 1772/ 2018
Service provider to service airconditioners at St. Apollinaris Hospital, the company must be CIDB 1ME or above x 87 unit 2018-08-02 11:00 113/ 2018/ 2019NSI
Supply pasteo chairs maroon in colour (130 units) 2018-07-30 11:00 68/ 18- 19
Service to Threatre Aircondtioning And Plantrooms 2018-07-27 11:00 ZNQ 41- 2018/ 19
Provisioning, deployment and training of the Check Point firewall solution for the South African Police Service including support and maintenance for a period of 12 (twelve) months. 2018-08-10 11:00 RFB 1763/ 2018
Servicing of Genset -{720&960- Hour Service and Annual Electrical Service} at New Workshop and Kitchen Genset Plant as per Specification 2018-08-06 11:00 ZNQ 404/ 18- 19

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Tender adjudication process

The SBD/WCBD6.1 document must form part of all bids invited.  It contains general information and serves as a claim form for preference points for Broad -Based Black Economic Empowerment (B -BBEE) Status Level of Contribution, and explains how tenders or bids are decided.

The document says:

  • The bidder obtaining the highest number of points will be awarded the contract.
  • Preference points shall be calculated after prices have been brought to a comparative basis.
  • Points scored will be rounded off to two decimal places... Read More
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