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Time to lodge a dispute

Posted 8 January 2018

How long do you have to lodge a dispute on an assessment?

Bitcoin and Tax

Posted 8 January 2018

Are the earnings from Bitcoin taxable?

What is accounting fees?

Posted 17 July 2017

What are accounting fees? This house is in a complex where levies are charged, does this count as accounting fees?

Outstanding certificates

Posted 14 July 2017

I have not yet received a certificate for my personal Retirement Annuity?

This query relates to question 6803 "Please enter the name of the Fund. You will find this on the Tax Certificate received from your fund. " in the Retirement section.

Claim on Pharmacy Bills

Posted 14 July 2017

I didn't keep my pharmacy receipts, may I still claim for these amounts? They do reflect on the my medical aid statement.

Change of login details

Posted 14 July 2017

I'd like to change my email address as well as my password.

Registration Verification

Posted 14 July 2017

I've received this message each time I make the request: "The tax type cannot be moved because the registration of the holding taxpayer is awaiting registration verification".

Renting Property and Travel Costs

Posted 13 July 2017

I'm renting out property in Cape Town and I stay in Johannesburg. When travelling down to Cape Town for maintenance/inspections purposes, do I claim the actual petrol money spent or the SARS rate of R3.29?

Are amounts of separate IT3b documents added together?

Posted 13 July 2017

I have two IT3b documents from different sources. Should I add them together?

This query relates to question 6480 "Please enter the total interest amount earned here. If you don't have an IT3(b) you can also add up the interest amounts appearing on your bank statement. This should appear next to source code 4201 on your certificate. " in the Interest & Investments (IT3b) section.

Financial instruments

Posted 13 July 2017

I am busy correcting my tax returns but have a query on financial instruments listed. Does my retirement annuity(s) value also need to be submitted as part of this value at the value it was on the 28th of February? The same questions goes for my TFSA which consists of stocks?

Penalty for non-submission

Posted 13 July 2017

I received a notification from SARS indicating that I have admin penalties
indicating that ITS outstanding tax returns for 2008, 2009 and 2010.
What does this mean and can you help rectify?

What are cost of sales in a consulting business

Posted 12 July 2017

What would cost of sales be in a consulting business - would my time be the cost? Would it be paper, laptop etc?

This query relates to question 4216 "Please enter the cost of sales incurred." in the Self Employed/Independent Contractor/Freelancer section.

Submit a return with medical aid claims on

Posted 12 July 2017

I wanted to enquire approximately how much it would cost for me to do my Tax Returns?
Just an estimation.
It would be just for me. Straight forward Gross Salary plus medical aid. No other claims such as commission, mileage, petrol etc.

I received two assessments from SARS

Posted 11 July 2017

I submitted my tax return and received a refund outcome, I later received another assessment with a different refund amount, can you explain this to me please?

2 IRP5s and commission

Posted 11 July 2017

Before paying the fee I just want to make sure you'll be able to help me. From March to July. I earned a normal salary but from August I earn a basic and commission. As I sales rep I'm able to write off wear and tear on my
vehicle but obviously only from August. Same goes for my laptop etc. will your system be able to take this into account?

Is RA and pension the same?

Posted 11 July 2017

I'm not sure how the deductions for my pension works as my employer has been deducting pension from my salary under code 4001. Do I still enter any amounts under annuity contributions?

Declaring other income to SARS

Posted 11 July 2017

I am full time employed but I have earned additional income by lecturing a couple of hours during the year at a different employer. This employer did not deduct any PAYE. The employer has paid me according to the hours that I have invoiced them. Should I answer the question about whether I'm an Independent Contractor as "Yes"?

View already submitted ITR12 on TaxTim

Posted 10 July 2017

Where can I find my SARS tax return I submitted for 2017 via Tax Tim to go and validate the info I captured?

Rental expenses, capital or running expenses?

Posted 10 July 2017

Please assist on the below as I cannot find additional
information within the current questions on your blog:

While not a monthly expense - it is mentioned that any expenses incurred in
earning the rental property income can be set against the rental income for
tax purposes. Does the following apply to that reasoning:

1. Installation of Prepaid electricity meter (about R1400)
2. Separating the electricity flows for sectioning off the electricity
for the rental portion of the property to the main house (we only renting...

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Company cars and travel claim

Posted 10 July 2017

I work for a motor car company and drive many vehicles, which registration number should I use?

Edit an already submitted return

Posted 10 July 2017

I submitted my tax on the 03/07 and a couple of days after that I got a new
tax statement
from my medical aid stating that the previous one is incorrect.

This regards the amount that is an additional medical expense
not covered by the medical aid, the initial amount was overstated.

How do I resubmit my tax with the new amount as I don't want any issues
later on.

Rental income for a room

Posted 8 July 2017

I have earned rental income from renting out a room in our house. How do I calculate the electricity, rates and taxes (and bond interest) deductible against this income? The room does not have a separate electricity meter, and also keeping in mind that we use prepaid electricity.

Debit interest

Posted 8 July 2017

I receive an IT3(b) Certificate from FNB but there's no credit interest earned only debit interest paid.
Does that get included on the tax return?

Saving the TaxTim Logbook

Posted 7 July 2017

I need to submit my logbook to SARS, I used the TaxTim logbook. How do I
save the logbook so that I can upload it?

Previously unemployed: Should I still file?

Posted 7 July 2017

I wasn't employed from May 2013 till July 2015. Should I still file my tax return even if I don't have an IRP5 as I wasn't working?
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 Do Your Tax Return Easily
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Tim uses your answers to complete your income tax return instantly and professionally, with everything filled in in the right place.

Let Tim submit your tax return direct to SARS in just a few clicks!

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