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Why is my home office selected for verification second year in a row?

Posted 23 July 2015

I work from my home office as a graphic designer. My annual income is under R500 000. This is the second year in a row I've been selected for verification. Any idea why and what does it mean? What should I be doing differently to prevent being flagged? Is it a reflection I'm doing something wrong?

What is the difference between a Tax Certificate and the Tax Directive?

Posted 23 July 2015

What is the difference between a Tax Certificate and the Tax Directive? I have asked my Funds Administrator from my previous work to provide me with a Tax Directive but they sent me a Tax Certificate. I am getting a message from SARS that my tax return has been put on-hold because there is a Tax Directive that's outstanding. Please assist.

Tax on salary R10000 plus petrol allow R2 000

Posted 23 July 2015

I am starting a new job. My salary will be R10 000,00 a month plus a R2 000 petrol allowance. No other benefits. What can I expect to clear?

Can a School Principal claim depreciation as a deduction on certain assets he uses for work puposes?

Posted 23 July 2015

Can a School Principal claim depreciation on his laptop, cellphone and car that he bought himself but uses a lot for school/work purposes?

Car allowance for full year if I worked 6 months

Posted 21 July 2015

I worked for 6 months and got a car allowance. I moved jobs and didn't get allowance. must I complete logbook for full year? What can I claim? I had a big service when at the new job and nobody paying for it.

I need my deceased fathers tax number

Posted 21 July 2015

How do I go about finding out what my father's tax number is? He is deceased and the executor is my grandfather and he is too old to travel as he lives in another province. I am his only living child. Is there another. Way of finding out the tax number without having the executor present as Sanlam needs it?

Must I submit the log book when submiting on SARS efiling?

Posted 21 July 2015

Morning,
I need to do SARS e-filing. What I would like to ask is does the travel log book have to be attached or only on request by SARS? The log book has been done manually in a book so I will have to transfer all that information into digital form but thought I could go ahead do e-filing without attaching it, and then if they request then I could do a digital form of the logbook and send it to them. Is this right?

Out-of-pocket dependent medical payments

Posted 20 July 2015

If I am a dependant on my husbands medical aid, but pay my own out-of-pocket (not covered by medical aid) expenses, can I claim this on my tax and where do I do that?

Benefits for tax directive

Posted 20 July 2015

I am a commissioner earner and received a tax directive for 18% from SARS for the 2015 tax year. What benefits are there to having a tax directive? Will I have to pay back on my tax return or will SARS calculate my tax at 18% according the tax directive?

Car allowance 100% taxed as other allowance

Posted 20 July 2015

Towards the end of the year I received a car allowance. However at this stage I was not sure of how many kilometers would be done for business. Therefore the allowance is now reflected as other allowance and is taxed 100%. How do I now file my tax returns against travel as it is not reflected under 3701 or 3702 on the IRP5?

Claim travel expenses without travel allowance

Posted 20 July 2015

I am a commission earner without a travel allowance. I use my private vehicle for work to go and see clients etc. Will I be able to claim travel expenses (like fuel) and depreciation on the vehicle?

SARS asked for calculation for depreciation on laptop

Posted 19 July 2015

I completed my tax return through TaxTim. SARS asked me now to show them how we calculated depreciation on the laptop I use for work. Can you help me with this as I don't know what to give them?

Maximum allowable travel allowance

Posted 19 July 2015

What is the maximum amount (percentage) that one is allowed as travel allowance based on the total package earned, ie: If my total package is say R10 000, maximum amount allowed as travel allowance is say 30%, then my salary will be R7000 and my travel allowance R3000.

I just need to know the percentage amount so that I can structure my total package accordingly to get the maximum tax benefit.

Completed Tax Return for year, owe SARS

Posted 16 July 2015

Was hoping you can assist filed my tax return yesterday and SARS is basically stating that I owe them R10,000 within in a year, I know this is untrue as every month I have been paying tax. I was a contractor for the last 10 months. Please advise if you able to assist as my tax return has already been submitted.

Deductible company expenses

Posted 16 July 2015

For many years I operated as a sole Proprietor. Early 2014 I registered a PTY Ltd and duly traded as the PTY LTD. As executive director, by choice I did not draw any salary, the idea being that this would help the company cashflow by saving more working capital. I paid for all vehicle expenses ie fuel, maintenance, privately out of my savings, but approximately 90% of the vehicle use and expenses are attributable to the PTY LTD business. Is there any way that these expenses can be recovered from...

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Logbook as evidence

Posted 16 July 2015

What substantiating evidence do I need to provide to verify my odometer reading on my motor vehicle to SARS? I did not have my car at the beginning of the tax year and my car has since been stolen. I also did not record the kms from when I got it to the end of the tax year. Can I make the kms up? Look forward to your feedback.

Claim business usage for private car

Posted 16 July 2015

Hi I am using my private vehicles for business travel, part of my job is to do site visits, client meeting ect. I did not receive a travel allowance from my company. Please explain how I can claim this back as I do have log sheets for the travel. I am busy having my package restructured to include a car allowance.

Part 2: can I claim depreciation for one vehicle and also claim travel back or is it not allowed?

Tax directive issued but error says "Lump sum declared but directive outstanding"

Posted 16 July 2015

I was retrenched in 2014 (May)... The company had a tax directive issued and I have a copy of the directive. In my SARS e-Filing profile, when I open up the tax return, the full provident fund lump sum is declared and indo completed - WITH the correct tax directive number in the "directive" section for the lump sum. However, when I save and CALCULATE, it tax returns a message saying:

"9857 - LUMP SUM DECLARED BUT DIRECTIVE OUTSTANDING"

Please help - not sure why this messa...

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Problem with logbook

Posted 15 July 2015

Hi there. Please can you help? I don't normally claim travel allowance or petrol, so this was a once-off thing. This is now indicated on my IRP5, but I don't have a log book. And I have to submit it to SARS as I have been selected for an audit. Do I have to claim it or can I request a correction and remove it from my tax return? Please help. Thanks

Taxable allowance for cell phone 3713

Posted 15 July 2015

I received cell phone allowance under code 3713 (taxable). Where on the tax return can I claim the expense?

Tax return delay after submitting supporting docs

Posted 15 July 2015

Hi Tim,

I have been audited by SARS sent all my supporting documents immediately when they ask for it - my logbook plus had to send them a HP of my vehicle. How long will they take to refund my money?

What kind of supporting documents do I need as proof of my own medical expenses?

Posted 14 July 2015

What kind of supporting documents do I need as proof for medical expenses out of my own pocket? I had hospital expenses where I received a statement indicating the amount paid by the medical aid and the amount I had to pay in. On the statement it shows the payments made by me (I made monthly payments).

Is this sufficient proof of my payments? What proof do I need for my monthly prescription medicine (my medical aid does not cover my medicine). I paid out of my own pocket each time.
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Tax on Travel Reimbursement

Posted 14 July 2015

Hi I travelled less than 8000km per year for business travel with my car and get reimbursed the AA rate by my employer via EFT payment. He doesn't add my travel claim to my gross salary for calculating PAYE. Must I pay tax on the travel claim money I received?

No supporting documentation for Agent Commission for rental property

Posted 14 July 2015

Hi, I am renting out a property. I've used your easy questions to fill in all the necessary information regarding the income and expenses related to renting out that property, but I am not confident about what supporting documentation I require to keep on hand for the rental property. I have all the levy and rates invoices, rental agreements and legal costs invoices and the bank statements for the bond financing the property. However the agent does not supply me with invoices for her commission....

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How can commission earner optimise tax returns?

Posted 14 July 2015

Hi, based on my tax returns submitted this year as a commission earner, what can I do differently to optimize tax returns for next season?
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 Do Your Tax Return Easily
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 Maximise your refund

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

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