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Despite representations made by our professional bodies, accounting and taxation services are not classified as essential services under Level 4.
In practice we therefor can only operate with limited staff at the office and the majority of our staff will continue to work from home.
In line with this arrangement, no client meetings at our offices will be possible other than by appointment. Should you need to deliver documents or have an important matter to discuss, please phone us to make arrangements.
We expect all clients visiting our offices to wear the required face masks and we discourage clients over the age of 60 and those with underlying health conditions as identified by the health authorities to visit our offices.
We will continue to be available on e-mail and at the office telephone numbers as during the past 5 weeks.
The Minister of Employment and Labour has announced measures that the Department will put in place as required under the current special circumstance relating to the Corona virus (COVID-19) and its impact on UIF contributors.
The Unemployment Insurance Fund will compensate affected workers through a new “National Disaster Benefit” and its existing the Illness, Reduced Work Time and Unemployment benefits.
Below are downloadable documents detailing the process.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: 28/05/2020
Please take note that the UIF-TERS Claims for May 2020 are open again from today.
We contacted the UIF department this morning to ascertain when the claim process for May 2020 will be operational.
Although not official, our understanding is that the process will commence next week ie 1 June only.
We also understand that they want to pay the employees directly and not to the employers.
This creates a lot of uncertainty for your payroll processes.
Remember the criteria are that the employee must not be working or that you cannot afford to pay the employee his/her full salary due to the Covid 19 lockdown.
My suggestion is therefor that should you not be able to pay staff at all, you advise them of the delay in the claim process.
Should you want to “top up” your employees’ earnings, I suggest that you process an advance to you staff and get them to sign an acknowledgement of debt.
You can then sort out the payroll once the claim is finalised.
You can use the April amounts paid by UIF as a guideline to determine the maximum advance. Remember to reduce the claim amount to the number of days the staff member did not work during May.
Landman Van Rensburg Accountants is a leading South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) registered firm based in Newton Park, Port Elizabeth. The business was formed in 1984 by Koeloe Landman and since 2004 is owned by the current partners.
To be an accounting, taxation and business financial advisory services firm of choice for individuals as well as Small and Medium enterprises.
To provide small to medium business owners and tax liable individuals with business advice, company secretarial, accounting and taxation services at an affordable rate and in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Financial statements will be prepared by competent and qualified staff who will ensure that the financial statements comply with the prescribed accounting framework relative to the business. Personnel that keep abreast of the latest tax developments will ensure that tax calculations conform to tax legislation and tax returns are submitted timeously . Business advice is based on our staffs' experience gained in various business sectors. Based on this advice, business owners can grow their businesses and wealth, knowing that their information is treated as confidential and in a professional manner.
The professional knowledge and skills of our staff is our most important asset - we therefore do not compromise the accumulation of skills by our competent staff and trainees.