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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Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional v.15 Software 2018-12-19 11:00 RFQ 1660216
Invitation for the provision of security services at head office for the department of social development 2019-01-29 14:00 NW/DSD/08/2018
TRACK-IT Software Renewal 2018-12-18 12:00 Q09.12.18
Re-Supply and Delivery of 400lt Skid Unit Complete with Motor and Hose Reel. 2018-12-18 12:00 Q08.12.18
Videography and Photography Services for Cross Over 2018-12-20 12:00 Q07.12.18
Supply and Delivery of 6m Steel Container to Fairview 2018-12-18 12:00 241/2018/19
Supply and Delivery of Traffic Uniforms for Traffic and Law Enforcement Officers 2019-01-15 12:00 08/2/16/41
Supply and Delivery of Traffic Signal Materials (Until June 2020) 2018-12-20 10:00 CES 34/2018
Supply and Delivery of Road Traffic Signs (Until 30 June 2020) 2018-12-20 10:00 CES 33/2018
Invitation for the provision of security services at Dr. Kenneth Kaunda District for the Department of Social Development 2019-01-30 11:00 NW/DSD/06/2018
Invitation for the provision of security services at Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati District for the Department of Social Development 2019-01-31 11:00 NW/DSD/05/2018
Supply & delivery of toolboxes. 2018-12-20 10:00 DIE0015186
Supply & delivery of fluke clamp 375. 2018-12-20 10:00 DIE0015182
Appointment of a Service Provider to Design, Manufacture and Delivery of Two (02) Fire Trucks for a period of Eighteen months (18) for The North West Province and Maintenance of Three (03) years after delivery. 2019-01-31 11:00 CS&TM 07/18/19
Provision for municipal finance management programme 2019-01-14 12:00 GTLM/FS06/2018/2019
Supply and delivery of ready mixed, concrete 2019-01-14 11:00 FIN/SC/C1/09/2018
Supply and delivery of cement products, kerbs, etc 2019-01-14 11:00 FIN/SC/CP/09/2018
Supply and delivery of crushed stone, crusher sand, slurry seal 2019-01-14 11:00 FIN/SC/S1/09/2018
Upgrade of Rosendal Chlorine Station. (Supply and Install Chlorine Dosing Equipment) 2018-12-18 11:00 FQ/SM: 86/19
Appointment of a Supplier for the Bioremediation at the pniel wwtw 2018-12-18 11:00 FQ/SM: 88/19

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