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    vat(value added tax) rounding

    How do you guys round vat?do you round it up or down and why?if anyone has once asked SARS about this please share the answer they gave you with the rest of us.

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    You round it to the nearest cent. Why? Because it makes cents

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    What I tend to find more interesting is whether VAT should be calculated per item, per line or per invoice. It can make a substantial difference.
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    Yes you must round it to the nearest cent and that makes cents but I was asking when rounding it to the nearest cents do you round it up or down.

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    Hi Marvin, what Andromeda is saying is if you round to the nearest cent then it will be up if that is nearer, or down if that is nearer. So it is neither up nor down, it is to the nearest cent.
    R4.364 becomes R4.36, while R4.367 becomes R4.37.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    What I tend to find more interesting is whether VAT should be calculated per item, per line or per invoice. It can make a substantial difference.
    Surely it shouldn't, since you're working with percentages?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverNodashi View Post
    Surely it shouldn't, since you're working with percentages?
    Yes but the 3rd and 4th decimal point comes into play here.

    Lets take a line item of R 2.27, VAT is 0.3178 or R 0.32c
    Lets take 221 items of R 2.27, totaling to R501.67, VAT is R 70.2338 or R 70.23 on the total.
    If we take the individual item VAT, R 0.38c times 221 items, then the VAT is R 70.72, an error of R 0.49c
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    Quote Originally Posted by Justloadit View Post
    Yes but the 3rd and 4th decimal point comes into play here.

    Lets take a line item of R 2.27, VAT is 0.3178 or R 0.32c
    Lets take 221 items of R 2.27, totaling to R501.67, VAT is R 70.2338 or R 70.23 on the total.
    If we take the individual item VAT, R 0.38c times 221 items, then the VAT is R 70.72, an error of R 0.49c
    I always round off to two decimal points, but see what you mean with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justloadit View Post
    Yes but the 3rd and 4th decimal point comes into play here.

    Lets take a line item of R 2.27, VAT is 0.3178 or R 0.32c
    Lets take 221 items of R 2.27, totaling to R501.67, VAT is R 70.2338 or R 70.23 on the total.
    If we take the individual item VAT, R 0.38c times 221 items, then the VAT is R 70.72, an error of R 0.49c
    49c is still totally immaterial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoTrue View Post
    49c is still totally immaterial.
    Yes immaterial, but the figures do not balance in trial balances and balance sheets with out an adjustment entry, and if it is owing to SARS you can not get a clearance certificate.
    In this example it may be a small amount, how ever take this example over a million items, then it may become significant to the point that it can skew a trial balance
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