The outbreak of a global pandemic and subsequent lockdown has seen life as we know it change in ways we could not have imagined six months ago. Yet I am so uplifted by how ordinary South Africans have shown such resilience and companionship. We have seen many everyday heroes emerge, like the nurses who catch a taxi before dawn, to work a 20-hour day in the most uncomfortable personal protective equipment… and there are thousands of people like this saving lives. You may not wear a cape, but you are a hero. Thank you!
I am proud to share that Legal&Tax have remained 100% operational from the very first day of the lockdown, having taken measures to protect our staff and support our clients. We have even managed to improve on many of our service levels, paying out a funeral claim just one hour after all of the documents were submitted to us! We have also launched some very innovative new services to assist you in these tough times - read more about those in the &More section at the end of this newsletter.
Our team has been hard at work putting together information that will help you stay safe, and guide you through the lockdown. I hope you find it useful.
Enjoy this edition,
Do you have a right to stop paying rent under the lockdown? What are your options if you cannot commit to your rent obligations according to your lease agreement? How to raise this with your landlord. We unpack your options.
Watch video | 3 min video
Are you a landlord or tenant? If so, it is vital to understand the role and function of the rental housing tribunal.
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We have received many questions from our members, and took some time out with Dr Avron Urison to help debunk the myths and understand the facts related to COVID-19
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If you are struggling with financial distress at the moment and are unable to make loan repayments you may have the ability to cover your debts if you are retrenched or due to other life events. Alternatively you need to approach your bank to make alternative payment arrangements. We unpack your options.
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On 24 June the Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni, released a supplementary budget detailing the adjustments to the national budget in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. Johan Swart, Legal&Tax Head of Tax released a short video unpacking the emergency budget and what can you expect the impact on your personal taxes be. In case you missed it we are sharing it here again.
Watch video | 5 min video
We recently launched a Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) submission service. If you need to claim from the UIF, avoid the queues and let us help you.
Tax Season opens 1 September - With Legal&Tax you're not alone. If you are a Legal Prestige or Legal Prestige + member we will complete your tax return for this year. We also offer unlimited tax advice.
If you are not a Legal Prestige or Legal Prestige + client, but would still like us to assist you complete your tax return we can assist for small once off fee. Click here to request more information.
Do you know someone like Keitumetse who could use professional legal advice? We want to help them.
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