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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Tenders and VAT

By Werner van Rooyen

31 January 2019

One question that gets raised during each HowtoTender Workshop is must my business (or I) be registered for Value Added Tax (VAT) in order for me to respond to a 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 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 be 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.

To learn more about this and many other tender conditions attend our “Become a Tender Expert” 2-Day workshops presented in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Book and pay online at www.howtotender.co.za. Please contact Estelle at Estelle@howtotender.co.za should you require more information.

This article was written by Werner van Rooyen, Director of HowToTender (Pty) Ltd which specializes in tender consulting and tender training.

Title Closing Date Tender No.
The manufacture, supply, delivery to site, installation and commissioning of one passenger lift, guide rails, operating system and maintenance contract for Olifants River Resources Development Project at De Hoop Dam. 2019-06-06 11:00 DWS04- 0419 WTE
Appointment a pool of suitably qualified service providers to provide Interpreting services in QAA-Schools Sub-unit for a period of three years (36 months) 2019-05-17 12:00 RFQ- 0002
Supply and delivery of stainless steel grade 340 L for a period of 24 months to construction central 2019-06-06 11:00 DWS05- 0419 WTE
Procurement for Opentext Software License and Maintenance and Support on Behalf of the Western Cape Government Department of the Premier for a three (3) year period 2019-05-09 11:00 RFB1872/ 2018
Port Elizabeth: Alternative accommodation for Ibhayi Local Office: SASSA. 2019-05-14 11:00 LSPE05/ 2019
Appointment of a mechanical service provider to provide maintenance and general mechanical work at SITA Gauteng and other sites. 2019-05-15 11:00 RFB 1921/ 2019
Calvinia Department of Home Affairs: Alternative office accommodation: 415.88m² and 5 parking bays for a period of 5 years. 2019-05-22 11:00 LS07/ 2019
Calvinia Statistics South Africa: Alternative office accommodation: 320.45m² and 10 parking bays for a period of 5 years. 2019-05-22 11:00 LS03/ 2019
Appointment of a Group Life Insurer 2019-05-22 11:00 RFP 10/ 2019
Procurement of 2 PSIRA grade A armed close protection and 4 grade C static security guards at Mafikeng North West Public Works offices for the North West administrator for the period of 15 months 2019-05-14 11:00 HP19/ 001GS
Appointment of a Travel Management Company to Provide Travel Management Services and accomodation to the South African Police Service:Domestic and International for a period of three (03) years 2019-05-22 11:00 19/ 1/ 9/ 1/ 53 TP (18)
KZN: Department of Education: eThekwini Region: Verulam: Cottonland Primary School: Repairs and Renovations 2019-05-22 11:00 ZNTD 04634W
KZN: DOPW: eThekwini Regional Office: Mayville Complex: Rendering of Security Services within the complex, vacant land between Gazzela and Piedmont Road for a Period of Thirty-Six (36) Months (3 years). 2019-05-22 11:00 ZNTD 04762W
Appointment of a Service Provider for the Leasing of Office Space [Pretoria] for a Period of Five [5] Years for Groenkloof National Park 2019-05-17 11:00 GNP- 057- 18
Pretoria: Leasing of Office Accommodation of 30 223 square meters and 1 584 parking bays usage by the Department Home Affairs for period of 5 years in Pretoria CBD 2019-05-14 11:00 PT19- 002
Appointment of a professional technical expert to advise the Energy Regulator on the prudency of asset acquisition in Transnet SOC limited’s new Multi Products Pipeline project for a period of seven (7) months 2019-05-09 11:00 NERSA/ 1920/ PPT/ PAA/ BID001
Pretoria: Leasing of Office Accommodation of 18 873.86 square meters and 454 parking bays usage by the Department of Correctional Services Head Quarters for a period of 5 years in Pretoria CBD and the outskirts 2019-05-14 11:00 PT19/ 001
Appointment of a service provider to undertake the ex-post regulatory impact assessment of all Energy Regulator decisions and stakeholder perception/ satisfaction survey 2019-05-09 11:00 NERSA/ 1920/ RAR/ RIA/ BID002
ICT Research Support Membership for a period of 36 months 2019-05-24 12:00 DPME 05- 2019/ 20
Appointment of a Service Provider to Render Organisational Work-Study Services for a period of six (6) months 2019-05-23 11:00 NCC/ 04/ 2018/ 19

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The 8 steps in the Tender Adjudication process

By W van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

It is important to understand the Adjudication process when one responds to a Tender or Request for Proposal. If you have these 8 steps under control when responding to tenders, changes are good that you will proceed to the next round.

Here are 8 steps in the adjudication process that Organs of State will most often follow in determining which bidder will win the tender:

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