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Is the primary residence exclusion applicable if property was lived in and rented out?

Posted 6 January 2014

I have a property that I have recently sold. I lived in it for 7 years and then rented it out for 3.5 years subsequently. Now that it has been sold, do I qualify for primary residence exclusion on any portion of the capital gain? Is it pro-rata for the years that it was my primary residence, or how would I apportion it?

Leasehold improvement - how is this taxed?

Posted 30 December 2013

Our company has to make improvements to our offices that we lease. I know we should account for these as leasehold improvements and amortize it over the lease period, but will this amortization be a tax deductible expense? (will the accounting and tax treatment be the same?) The total improvement will be less than R7 000 can I rather treat this as a "small items" deduction?

Resident abroad aiming to cash out shares/ unit trusts, do I need to register with SARS ?

Posted 30 December 2013

I am a dual citizen (SA & European). I am currently living abroad on my European passport and never formally emigrated from SA. As a result I still hold a bank account there, as well as unit trusts & shares. I left SA shortly after studying so never had a job there/ paid income tax/ registered with SARS. Although I still visit the country on occasion, I am no longer a resident there. I would like to consolidate all my SA assets (have it all in one place) so I would like to "cash out...

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Tax on Sale of Personal Website?

Posted 22 December 2013

I own a website that I started as a Hobby (showcasing information about various sports teams and tournaments). The novelty has since worn off and I now want to sell the website. I have never earned or attempted to earn revenue from the website. Would I have to pay tax on the sale price? If so, what type of tax would I have to pay? (I am currently below the age of 65 and unemployed).

The website was given to me as a gift quite a number of years ago. I have since purchased domain names ...

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What is the source code for share trading income (ie not capital gains)?

Posted 25 November 2013

In addition to my salary, I actively trade shares and cfds (a kind of derivative) and there is no doubt, in my case, that this activity is on revenue account and not capital. What source code should I use? I can not find an appropriate code in the SARS source code booklet.

Are proceeds from a pension fund transferred to another fund considered non-taxable income?

Posted 18 November 2013

I changed employers, shortly before the beginning of the current tax year. At the time I transferred my pension/provident contributions across to another investment future fund (as you are allowed to do legally) without benefiting or receiving any physical proceeds. I have subsequently received an IT3(a) from the previous pension fund for the lump sum amount which has been recorded on my current pending tax return. I would assume that this is considered as non-taxable income ?

Property tax deductions and CGT implications?

Posted 17 November 2013

If Property A was purchased in 2000 and used as primary residence up until 2012, then rented out for a year (due to work relocation to another province) and property then sold with a capital gain?

If property A above was re-bonded[currently settled], can the bond interest be deducted against its rental income or will bond finance interest on a 2nd property, to be used as primary residence, be allowed to be deducted against Property A's rental income?

Offset maintenance for Capital Gains Tax?

Posted 16 November 2013

Can one offset maintenance to property for CGT?

Is registering a second bond in order to reduce rental income tax legal?

Posted 7 November 2013

I own two properties. Property A is my primary residence, and is bonded for R700k. Property B is a rental property, is valued at R1m and is bonded for R500k. I make a rental profit from Property B after deducting the loan interest and all other deductible expenses, and thus pay tax on that net income. My idea is to register a second bond on Property B for an additional R500k, and transfer that money into the bond of Property A. The increased interest paid on the combined bonds of Property B woul...

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How do you calculate T-no of years after valuation date when using Time Apportionment Base formula f

Posted 1 November 2013

I would like to know which year do you start calculating "T" on time apportionment base formula in CGT?

CGT on unit trust sale?

Posted 31 October 2013

Do all types of unit trusts attract capital gains tax when units are sold for cash withdrawal? Is there a yearly tax concession limit on investments such as unit trusts which is not taxable?

Investment information to be added on the SARS form and capital gains on what I draw every month?

Posted 29 October 2013

Hi, I have and investment, local and foreign dividends, that I draw an amount off every month of R6 000, there is a capital gains on this. I do not own fixed assets of any sorts and do not have a job, so the R6 000 is what I live off. How does this work with the capital gains on the SARS form, surely there should be and exemption for this? Also, the SARS form only asks for foreign withheld tax on dividends and not the local withheld tax. In the exemption area under non taxable what net amount do...

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I sold shares, capital or revenue for tax purposes?

Posted 23 October 2013

The shares I sold were before the 3 year automatic capital period, does this make them revenue in nature?

section 8C tax losses?

Posted 18 October 2013

Hi what are section 8 c losses?

Penalties on undeclared offshore property?

Posted 10 October 2013

If an offshore property was transferred into your name in 2009 as a gift from an overseas family member, and you never declared it to SARS or SARB, what type of penalties do you face. What is the process to declare this now, forms, etc.

Tax on income working permanently in the UAE and declaring of such.

Posted 23 September 2013

Hi Tim,
I left SA on 1/9/2011 to take up a permanent employment in UAE, with a UAE company. I also took up residency in the UAE. I sold all my fixed assets in SA, except for my primary residence, which I left for the children to complete their university studies from. I didn't have any intention to return to SA and wanted to relocate elsewhere, after my pension. Unfortunately I was retrenched w.e.f. 10/12/2012 and I returned to SA on 18/12/2012. I visited SA in Nov 2011 for 10 days in Oct 2012 for 5 days. I only started to earned an income in SA in February 2013....

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Tax efficient business type for share traders

Posted 23 September 2013

If one were trading JSE shares full time, which would be the most tax efficient business type to trade under, and why?

CGT - Offshore Stock

Posted 11 September 2013

Tim

I have a question. I live in the UK. I have been living here for 5 years. I have property and bank accounts in South Africa. I submit my tax returns every year, claiming a loss on my bonds over my properties. I put my foreign income under section S10(1)(o).

I want to know about off shore investments, if I decide to buy US Stock today, will this be the base cost for CGT purposes or will it be the day I return permanently to South Africa?

How would this differ...

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Do you have to fill the yellow blocks on the student assignment?

Posted 5 September 2013

Do you have to fill in the yellow blocks in the calculation part of the question?

Inherited house inclusion in taxable income

Posted 3 September 2013

Do you include an inheritance of a house when calculating taxable income before you dispose it?

Should one separate share investment and trading activities by creating a legal entity?

Posted 3 September 2013

It is apparent that there is a massive grey area when it comes to SARS interpretation on share investment vs share trading and the resultant taxation thereof.

I have a share investment portfolio (exceeding 3 years) and now also want to trade shares short term.These shares will include some of the very same shares that I hold long term in my investment portfolio. Can and will SARS accurately distinguish on an ongoing basis which shares I sell at any given time and tax me accordingly and correctly i.e. capital gains vs income? ...

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Does the system handle lump sums and capital gains?

Posted 23 August 2013

Does the system handle lump sums and capital gains?

Do I submit my capital gains from an investment as part of my primary residence if I do not have one

Posted 22 August 2013

Do I submit my capital gains from an investment as part of my primary residence if I do not have one? I own no property etc.

How to calculate Tax Refund if over 65 with a disabled dependent

Posted 22 August 2013

I am completing my father's Tax Return for him. He is over 65 and has a dependent, my brother, who is mentally disabled. I have indicated this as such on the return and can see from the calculation that the full medical amount listed is shown as a deduction from the taxable amount. What is confusing me is the only amount being reflected as a refund is the PAYE he paid on some shares that he cashed in and there is no additional refund for any of the mental disabilities. Am I understanding the med...

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Is a?sale of shares held as an investment taxable?

Posted 19 August 2013

A?sale of shares held as an investment, is it taxable?
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