Indirect tax


In control of your indirect taxes

In a global environment it is becoming more critical for organisations to manage and mitigate their indirect taxes (whether VAT, customs and excise or environmental taxes). PwC provides a range of innovative solutions and has the team, the tools and the multi-disciplinary approach to ensure that you are compliant in these changing times and are able to face the indirect tax challenges of tomorrow.



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How we can add value

Value-added tax


  • Audit of  VAT processes and reporting
  • Tax controversy and dispute resolution 
  • Consulting
  • Technology tools to help your indirect tax compliance
  • Training of your personnel to reduce business risk exposure


Customs and International Trade

Well arranged customs activities lead to lower costs and improved logistics.

For businesses that trade cross-borders, there are a series of trade instruments governed by the World Trade Organization (WTO), as well as trade agreements that can be used to grow sustainable enterprises.

Customs and excise

  • Industry specific services
  • Customs and Excise specific activities and incentives

Compliance, opinions, rulings and consulting services

  • Customs valuation
  • Tariff classification
  • Industry specific consulting, reviews and tax planning
  • Due diligence reviews and internal audits
  • Drafting and submitting objections and appeals
  • Dealing with SARS on industry specific issues
  • Appeals, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and Litigation 
  • Training - Customs, Excise and trade
  • Registrations  

 International Trade

  • Free Trade Agreements – preferential duty rates and Rules of Origin
  • Tariffs, anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties

 Global Trade Analytics Tool

  • Provides an overview of current export and import activities.
  • Regular (weekly or monthly) customs and excise reports and statistics.


Environmental Taxes

Environmental taxes and regulations are constantly increasing in number and scope as more countries introduce them.Any developments in this area need to be closely monitored to understand the impact on business. 


Environmental tax impact 

Our network of sustainability and climate change tax specialists can help you:

  • Assess your current exposure to environmental taxes and regulations.
  • Understand your compliance obligations
  • Understand your tax department’s role in supporting your sustainability strategy
  • Enhance your corporate reputation directly through sustainability-focused initiatives

Carbon tax 

  • Carbon tax assessment 
    • Determining which activities that emit greenhouse gases will be carbon taxed 
    • Calculating a taxpayer’s estimated carbon tax liability
  • Compliance
    • Greenhouse gas reporting registration 
    • Carbon tax registration
    • Carbon tax annual compliance



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Our team

Matthew Besanko

Indirect Tax Leader, Cape Town, PwC South Africa

+27 (0) 78 8276376


Rodney Govender

Value-Added Tax, Partner, Durban, PwC South Africa

+27 (0) 31 271 2082


Herman Fourie

Director | Customs and International Trade, Johannesburg, PwC South Africa

+27 (0) 11 797 5314


Annemarié Janse Van Rensburg

Director, Cape Town, PwC South Africa

+27 (0) 21 529 2810


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