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Rental Income and bank charges



Good day Tim,

Are bank costs allowed to be deducted against rental income. Also what is teh limit here - the FICA rate is R59pm fee, but some banks include it in the monthly bank facility fee say R200pm - is the 200 claimable?

Depreciation on a cellphone



I have a pay as you go cellphone that I bought cash. Thus I unfortunately do not have monthly statements to determine an exact break between business and personal use. I spend about R300 pm on airtime and I receive a cellphone allowance of R750 pm from my employer. How do I calculate and show the depreciation amount and do I need a letter of consent if the allowance is shown on my salary slips?

Medical contributions claim by dependent



My husband and I are both on a medical aid where he is classified as being the main member, and myself as number 2. Whilst our monthly contributions are taken from my husband's bank account (as the main member), I pay for my portion each month by making a deposit into his bank account. How do I go about capturing this correctly via TaxTim as I want to ensure that I can claim for the medical aid contributions that I am making each month? I am also unsure how to answer your question "Do you belo...

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Bond repayment tax deductible?



Does my monthly bond payment qualify as a expense against my rental property? Currently my rental income is R6500pm and my bond payment, including rates, taxes and levies about R8000pm indicating a loss for tax purposes?

Paying a medical aid where you are not the main member



I pay the medical aid contributions for my mother-in-law and her mother who are financially dependent on me. They are the main members, but I pay the premium. Can I claim this?

How does medical dependents work?



I have myself and my 4 children and my wife on the medical aid, do I say that my medical dependents are 5 or do I include myself and state that I have 6?

Claim travel without a logbook



I have source code 3802 on my IRP5 but I did not keep a logbook, can i claim for the perks tax paid via source code 3802 if I don't have a logbook?

Package for a commission and salary earner



If I earn commission and a salary as an employee, which package should I select, Ultra or Smart? I also have a travel allowance and a medical aid contribution.


Claim electricity and rates



Can I claim electricity in full and the rates too? I don't live there, but there are tenants who d, but I pay the electricity, rates and water.

Leased company use and tax



I don't receive a travel allowance, but I'm on a company vehicle lease scheme. It assumes I receive fuel, which I don't. I also do business mileage and I have source code 3802 on my IRP5. What should I do?

Maintance plan of pvt car



Can I claim maintenance on a plan for my car (I do make use of the car for work purposes)?

This query relates to question 4437 "Please enter the amount spent on maintaining or repairing the car. This includes vehicle services." in the Travel Allowance section.

Immigrating



Will you be able to help me with our tax return once my
wife and I permanently immigrate to Australia? We'll be keeping three properties in SA and we'll receive rental income from it.

Tax Directive for a settlement agreement.



I'm receiving a settlement from my company as part of an exit agreement. Can I apply for a directive, and how?

Employed on Contract Basis (PAYE)



I've gone from working for an employer to freelancing and now I'm working on
a contract basis. I'm not taxed on my contract income. All I do is send an invoice and they pay me and deduct nothing off that. I'd like to still pay SARS the PAYE, is that possible? (I have my own retirement fund).

Tax on my foreign salary



I work for a company based in China and they pay me a monthly salary in US
dollars. I won't be getting an IRP5 from them. So, how do I pay tax and how do I complete my tax return?


Tax help for freelancers



I've recently become a full-time freelancer and I wanted to know if you'd be able to help me file my tax returns?

Donation deduction on school fees



If I pay school fees for a previously disadvantaged child - who isn't a family member - and the school isn't a registered PBO. Can I deduct the school fees as a donation?

What type of tax category do I fall into?



I have one client in the US, I use all my own equipment and work from home. What type of taxes should I be filing? I am based in South Africa and bring funds through via PayPal, I am not taxed in the US as I am considered a independent contractor.

Petrol and travel allowance claims



How do I claim petrol on tax? For the previous tax year I've kept a detailed petrol log through your app and I've been using my own petrol card and claiming back. I do receive a travel allowance. The company has now given us petrol cards, do I still need to keep a log to claim or can I not claim because the company is paying?



Help with past tax returns



I've been working for the past 5 years and have never claimed back tax. I have all my IRP5 certificates since I started working. I have no travel allowance, I usually pay for everything with my own finances. I'm registered for tax with SARS, but I'm not sure if I'm registered on SARS eFiling.

Tax Deductible Donations



I made a tax deductible donation in the previous tax year, but the amount was over the allowable 10% deduction limit (as reflected in my ITA34). Will the excess amount be automatically added to the new tax year as an add-back, or do I need to add the excess amount to the current years tax deductible donations?

Can I claim if not reimbursed by my employer?



My employer doesn't reimburse me for traveling in between the office and our sites. I don't have a company car but I drive about 92KM per day between the office and on of our sites. Would it be possible to claim KMs from SARS for the use of my private car? And the company doesn't provide a cellphone allowance but I'm required to use my phone a lot at work. I receive no allowance and I'm not a commission earner. Can I claim for the contract I was forced to take?

Are orthodontist expenses tax deductible?



Can I claim tax on an orthodontist expense for my child's braces? They are not covered by medical aid.

Pension fund with half paid up taxes



Can I get my pension fund if I have payed up half of my taxes

Maintenance claims on pension fund



Will monthly maintenance claims by ex-spouse as per a successfully lodged divorce order against my pension fund be taxable in the hands of my ex-spouse, or deemed as income for myself? Will it be treated as exempt from normal tax?
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