Deductions Posts in Tax Q&A

Can expenses incurred from other income be deducted?



If I'm a full time employee plus I do something outside of work that generates income and expenses, can these expenses be deducted?

Is a golf membership tax deductible?



Can I claim tax back on my golf membership fees? I play golf with clients there, have meetings and network new clients. I own a lighting and electrical importing and wholesaling company

Paypal and tax submissions



I'm permanently employed and I plan on making extra money through surveys and Paypal. How would I submit this to SARS? I've not done anything like this before and I wouldn't like to make an error with my tax return. And, would I have to declare the money if I don't actually take it from my Paypal account?

Is salary paid to secretary tax deductible



I'm a commission earner and I employ a secretary whom I pay R5000 p.m. - can I deduct this amount from my income when I do my tax return?

Mail Received: IT34



I received a mail from SARS: "An IT34 notice for the taxpayer listed below has been issued by SARS. Please log into the SARS eFiling system to view the IT34".

I'm not sure what this means.

Forgot to submit travel details



I have submitted my tax return, but I forgot to include the details for my travel allowance (3702), i.e. vehicle details and logbook details. An ITA34 was issued. How do I submit a revised tax return?

Registering as a Provisional Tax Payer?



I had freelance jobs and although I don't own my
own business/am not registered as a business. All but one of the freelance
jobs were taxed.
Should I register as a provisional tax payer? If so, how do I go about
doing this and what deductions can I make? e.g. Can I claim for Uber trips,
cellphone bills, wear and tear on my equipment (computer, camera) etc? If I
can claim for things like this, how do I go about doing it?

How will I be taxed?



How much will I get if I'm earning R1000.00 and I'm being taxed 10%?

Children receiving gift money



My brothers wish to gift my children money. Which I will be using on daily expenses and school fees. Will I be liable for tax for these incomes? Or will my brothers be liable for this? Is there a taxable limit? And are there any tax avoiding measures for single moms?

Claiming at SARS



My mom was working as a teacher at ABET school. May I go to SARS and claim her tax money?

Medical expenses claimable without belonging to medical aid



SARS refuses to deduct my medical expenses (medical doctor prescriptions and formal medical procedures), if I didn't belong to any medical aid scheme. Just to add onto that, I paid all my medical costs myself.

Penalty Fees



I've recently had the misfortune of getting a tax penalty of over R16500.00 It was deducted from my provident fund without my knowledge. A further R7000.00 was deducted from the same provident fund pay out. Please advise me if I can dispute this after it has been deducted; if not I'm fine with it. However, I got a statement from SARS more than two weeks later referring to these penalties. I'm not sure what this statement means.

Tax for a Contractor working from home



We have a contractor that's working from home. He primarily does work for our company. How does tax work, do we need to submit an IRP5? We've been paying him directly without deducting any PAYE or TAX

Living in Namibia, but working for a company in SA.



I live in Namibia, but work for a South African company.
I'm a South African citizen. Under the new changes brought in with the budget, how will my tax work? I'm still working for the same company (I have been working for 7 years in total).

Do I get Tax back on a loss from selling shares?



I bought shares in a private company (cost me 100k). We have now sold the company in full and my portion of the payout is 80k (i. e. 20k loss). Can I claim tax back on this amount? And if so, what do I need to do it?

Retirement Annuity Premiums




What's the exact deadline for annual Retirement Annuity (RA) contributions?



I make annual lump sum contributions to my RA. In order for my annual lump sum contribution to qualify for tax deductions for the current year, do I only need to make the payment for my RA before the end of February, or does my financial advisor need to have allocated the funds to my RA before the deadline? i.e. Can I still make a contribution at 23:59:59 on 28 February 2017 which will count towards the 2016/2017 tax year?

Hospital Plan Rebates



Can I claim medical rebates if I'm on a hospital plan only and not a full medical aid? SARS directly advised me that I cannot.

Can my company add rental car fuel to my car allowance?



If I have a car allowance and on occasion I am required to use a rental for business travel after flying to a far destination, can my company add this fuel cost to my car allowance and withhold taxes on fuel used in the rental vehicle

I repair appliances and also repair my own vehicles.Do I have to do 2 returns?



I'm repairing appliances and my own vehicles. Do I have to do 2 tax returns?I also recently repaired another vehicle. Do I have to show it in 2 tax returns-1 for appliances and 1 for vehicles?I have to repair my own vehicles because I cannot afford to pay for repairs to be done.

Inclusion of rental expenses in CGT calculation



If I earned no income from a rental property (which I rented out for about 7 years) and sold it in the same year, can I still deduct the expenses (levies, interest, rates) normally incurred from income, or should I add these costs to the Selling cost or Base cost to reduce capital gains tax?

Is occupation rent an allowable deduction against rental income?



Is occupational rent paid to a developer, of a new-build property, an allowable expense to deduct from taxable rental income? The property in question was rented out in the same tax year as occupational rent was paid.

Retirement annuity, refund or not?



I'm currently unemployed, but submitted a tax return for my retirement annuity which was R3400 in the last tax year. I was surprised that I did not get anything back? Can you explain?

Should he pay tax?



My husband is a South African citizen and he is only earning R5500 a month does he have to pay tax?

SARS wont refund me



I was a contract employee for 3 months after graduating and was taxed an amount of R4500 on a total income of R18000 for the 3 months. When I submitted my tax return, SARS said that I need to come and verify my banking details, but they dont have my banking details, what can I do to get my refund?
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