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.

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Supply and Install Air Conditioners at Tshepong Laboratory 2018-12-12 10:30 RFQ NO: 1464133
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Call for Auctioneers to submit quotations for providing service to auction redundant and obsolete inventory and movable assets on behalf of Knysna Municipality 2018-11-27 12:00 190/2018/19
Render a Cleaning Service at the Premises of the Metro North Education District (Mned) Office, Situated at 9 Timmerman Street, Parow for a period of two (2) years, starting from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2021. 2018-12-14 11:00 B/WCED 2473/18
On-site Auditing, application of Grading System to and Training of 349 Clubs through Club Development Toolkit 2018-12-18 11:00 ZNB: DSR43/ 1819
Provision of Short Term Insurance Services in SIU for a period of 60 months. 2018-12-14 11:00 RFP: 005/ 11/ 2018
Appointment of a Service Provider to provide an Internal Audit Services on a co-sourced basis for a period of Three (3) years 2018-12-07 12:00 RFP/ T 08- 2018/ 19
Appointment of a maximum of four (4) Media Agents to provide media buying (including print, radio, television and online media) and related services to the NRF SAASTA for a period of thirty six (36) months 2018-12-14 11:00 NRF/ SAASTA/ 02/ 2018- 2019
Supply of Integrated Competency Assessment services to SITA for a period of 36 months 2018-12-07 11:00 RFB 1841/ 2018
Provision and Implementation of Integrated Management Information System to Support SASSETA Core Business 2018-11-30 11:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 201819128
Installation, Configuration maintenance of PABX and Call Centre Management Solution for a period of 12 months with the option to renew 2018-12-10 11:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 201819129
Supply, Delivery, Installation and Configuration of Firewall and Switches on an outright purchase or rental basis (Managed) and maintenance thereof for a period of 12 months with the option to renew 2018-12-10 11:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 201819130
Provision of Telecommunication and Internet Services for a period of 12 Months with the option to renew 2018-12-10 11:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 201819125
Appointment of a service provider for the evaluation, due diligence and monitoring of Discretionary Grants until 31st March 2019 2018-12-10 10:00 RFP/ SASSETA/ 201819127/ 1
The rendering, manufacturing, repairing, fitting and supplying of aids for orthotic and prosthetic services to institutions in the Eden and Central Karoo District under Western Cape Government the Department of Health for a three year period 2018-12-07 11:00 WCGHCC031/ 1/ 2018

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