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.
Service Provider to Provide Service for Learner’s and Driver’s License for 39 People 2018-03-01 12:00 RFQ / 357
Conference facility with catering 2018-02-26 12:00 B651/2017/18
Supply: Gauge for spray Gun;1.3 Spray Gun;1.8 Spray Gun 2018-02-28 12:00 GD11800771
Service Provider to Train 50 Smme’s on the tender Document Processes 2018-03-01 12:00 RFQ / 358
Supply: Hardware items 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800716
Appointment of a service provider to assist with the recruitment and selection process of Section 56 Managers 2018-02-27 12:00 RFQ 293/2017/18
Supply padlock; brass 2018-02-22 11:30 GG11800711
Accredited Firefighter 1 Training (Firefighter 1 course and Hazmat Awareness) 2018-02-27 11:00 296/2017/18
Supply ceramic tiles 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800710
Trencing and Installation of Cables as and when required 2018-03-26 12:00 ENG012/2018
Provide Health Care Services - Medical Surveillance 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/SHEQ01/2017
Recruitment Services 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/HR03/2017
Monitoring and Inspection Services. 2018-03-13 12:00 JCPZ/RFP/NBD01/2017
To Operate, Maintain and to Supply Equipment in Sewer Treatment Plant 2018-03-27 10:00 MPPPSC001082
Supply solid SA pine timber 2018-02-28 12:00 GG11800714
Supply and deliver new borehole motor and pump combination 18.5KW 8.3l/s @ 125m (head) 2018-02-27 12:00 294/2017/18
Provision of Cleaning Services. 2018-03-14 11:00 OTT/444/201802
Request for Proposals are Invited for Investment in the Refurbishment and Management of the Rustenburg Showgrounds on a Long-Term Lease Basis 2018-03-27 10:00 RLM/DLED/0101/2017/18
Maintenance of Hydraulic Bin Compactors for two (2) years. 2018-03-15 14:00 58726
Request for Proposal for Drilling Two (2) Slim Hole Geologic Characterization Wells in the Zululand Basin for the South African Pilot Carbon Storage Project. 2018-03-16 11:00 435

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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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