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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 provision of clinker removal and rope access at Camden Power Station for a period of 36 months 2019-07-29 10:00 MPGXC005631
Panel: Client Decor Services 2019-07-08 12:00 CTICC 038/2019 PANEL: CLIENT DÉCOR
Provision of collecting, stripping and assessment of medium voltage motors including on site white meta bearing repairs of selected Medium Voltage Motors at Arnot Power Station 2019-07-25 10:00 MPGXC 005619
Germiston Station Minor Building Works Upgrade 2019-07-08 11:00 RFQ 02-1911150/06/2019
The province of KwaZulu-Natal, Department of Transport, invites tenders of Vukuzakhe Contractors for the Betterment and Regravelling of L2602 Contract 1 in the Ulundi Municipality within the Zululand District. 2019-08-13 11:00 ZNT373/ C266/ 2111/ S/ 1/ 2018T
Renovational Services for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at Pietersburg Hospital Lab, Polokwane 2019-07-18 11:00 RFB021- 19- 20
Renovation Services for the National Health Laboratory Service (NHLS) at Bongani Provincial Hospital, Welkom 2019-07-17 11:00 RFB0018- 19- 20
General maintenance including roof replacement; 25 Voortrekker Road; Murraysburg. 2019-07-24 11:00 G003/ 19
Water and sanitation programme phase 3A at Zamangothando Secondary School, Khawuleza PS, Sishongani PS and Induduzo PS, Ulundi 2019-07-26 11:00 ZNTU 02480 W
Water and sanitation programme phase 3A at Maphovela High School, Ulundi 2019-07-26 11:00 ZNTU 03956 W
Phase 14 Storm Damage: Repairs and Renovations to Storm Damaged Schools Throughout The Province of KwaZulu Natal 2019-07-22 11:00 VARIOUS
The Construction of the Apli Cold Storage Facility, Depot and Packhouse 2019-07-15 12:00 CDC/ 327/ 19
NDPW:Rehabilitation and Construction of the New Office block at 85 Anderson Street,Johannesburg (Heritage) 2019-08-06 11:00 JHB.19/ 20
TKZN intends to appoint a marketing services agency to provide integrated marketing services aligned to the TKZN’S 2014-2020 strategy and annual performance plan for the period of twelve months 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 03/ 2019
TKZN intends to appoint a suitable service provider to provide Public Relations and Communications support to the organization for the period of twelve months. 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 01/ 2019
TKZN intends to appoint a suitable service provider to supply, install, develop, configure and maintain the SAP Business one application system including Microsoft SQL server database 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 04/ 2019
CapeNature seeks the expertise of a suitable service provider for the supply, delivery and installation of Atmospheric Water Generators with a solar solution at the Anysberg Nature Reserve, CIDB and Local content conditions apply 2019-07-26 11:00 WCNCB 01/ 06/ 2019
Appointment of a service provider to manage Media Relations and Communication services on behalf of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Commission (‘the B-BBEE Commission’) for a period of 2 years. 2019-07-12 11:00 dti 06/ 19- 20
Appointment of a service provider to supply, install, configure and maintain a Telephone Management and Switchboard System for the Office of the Valuer-General on a lease basis for a period of 36 Months 2019-07-12 11:00 OVG (03) 2019/ 20
TKZN intends to appoint a Social Media Management Agency to provide social media services for a period of twelve months 2019-07-19 12:00 TKZN NO: 02/ 2019

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2 items that determine tender pricing

Article by Werner van Rooyen

www.howtotender.co.za

31 January 2019

Many bidders that respond to tenders struggle when it comes to calculating a price for a specific tender. One of the reasons for this is that a large number of Small Business Owners are usually new to the tender process and therefore they lack the necessary experience to price their bids correctly.

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