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Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to register a company?

It usually takes 1 to 3 business days, unless there are delays at CIPC.

How does payment work?

Payments are processed through the Yoco payment portal. All payment information is secured and your debit/credit card details are not stored.

Are my details safe?

All details are safe using security processes on our website. We will never share your detail with any 3rd party.

What to do after a company is registered?

After the company is registered, you will receive a company document called the COR14.3. This document must then be used to open a bank account at the bank of your choice. As soon as the company has a bank account, a public officer must be appointed at SARS. The public officer can be anyone of the directors. If the company does not have a registered public officer at SARS, you won’t be able to get an eFiling profile, which is needed to submit taxes and request a tax clearance. Read more here.

Who can be a director of a private company?

Only people can act as directors of a private company.

Who can be a share holder of a private company?

Either a person or another company can be the director of a private company. This includes trusts and other associations.

Who issues share certificates?

Share certificates are not issued by CIPC. The company has to issue their own share certificates.

How many directors can a private company have?

A private company must have at least one director. There is no limit on the amount of directors that can be appointed.

What is the MOI?

The MOI refers to the memorandum of incorporation of a private company. This documents describes the rights and duties of directors and shareholders of the company. When the company is registered, a standard MOI can be used, or it can be amended. This document sets out all the do’s and dont’s of what directors and shareholders may do, how meetings are to be held, and money borrowed etc. The standard MOI is called the COR15.1A at CIPC. Click on the link below to download a copy of the standard MOI.

Click download below to download a copy of the standard memorandum of incorporation.

What is the central supplier database?

The central supplier database is a database run by the government. This is where companies are registered and kept track of. The main goal of the central supplier database, or CSD, is for companies who wish to do business with government. Once your company is on the database, they keep track of information like your tax compliance and BEE status. This is the first thing any department of government will look at when you apply for a tender.

How to deregister a company?

A company can only be deregistered once a tax clearance is obtained from SARS. After this. a request must be made to CIPC to deregister the company.

Who needs to register for PAYE?

A company needs to register for PAYE as soon as one of the employees earns more than R7 632 per month. The employer then needs to deduct PAYE from the employee on a monthly basis and ppay it over to SARS. The PAYE form, also known as the EMP201, needs to be submitted to SARS before the 7thof the following month.

Who needs to submit annual returns to CIPC?

All companies have to submit an annual return every year on the anniversary of the company. The annual income then has to be declared to CIPC. If the annual returns are not submitted in time, CIPC will raise penalties and deregister the company.

Who qualifies for Turnover tax???

Only companies with an annual turnover of less than R10M per annum can qualify for turnover tax. This also includes sole proprietors. The company/sole proprietor will only qualify if it’s not clssified as a personal service provider. Click the link below to read the SARS document about small business and the full defination. When a company only makes use of the director’s/owner’s skills to generate an income, the company will not qualify. As soon as the company employees 3 or more employees during a financial year, the company will qualify. This means that the oddus doesn’t rest on the director to genereate all the income. Also, the investment income, re interest received/ dividends received has to be less than 20% of the total revenue for the financial year. The current tax rates for turnover tax is as follows:

turnover tax rates

Click below to download a file containing a definition of a small business.