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Can I claim more than the allowance: note salary is more than 50%

Posted 16 January 2015

I am a business manager earning a salary/commission. Salary is more than 50% . I receive a travel allowance of 2500 per month.My m/v expenses are greater than 2500 per month. Can I claim more than the R30 000 allowance?

How do independent contractors get taxed?

Posted 15 January 2015

I will be taking a new job that requires me to be a contractor. There are mixed opinions on how contractors get taxed. The consulting company assures me this is a flat rate of 25%, but on reading SAICA's website I found this little nugget: " If the independent contractor works more then 22 hours a week, he/she must be taxed in terms of the income tax tables".

I will definitely be working more than 22 hours a week.

Also the consulting companies response to this was:
"Typically, by law and Independent contractor does not have to be taxed, provided you can work through your own cc or PTY in other words, provide us with an invoice...

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Maintenance claim on my vehicle if only recently started getting travel allowance for my personal mv

Posted 14 January 2015

I am a permanent salaried employee, I use my personal vehicle for business purposes, my company pays for my fuel, but I only recently started receiving a travel allowance, it has been worked into my current package so I don't get paid more it has just been incorporated into my salary package.

My question now is, will I be able to claim for the maintenance as per SARS calculation and my logbook? I have been using my vehicle since the start of the tax year, but as mentioned only starte...

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What is the difference between Pensionable and non-pensionable salary?

Posted 13 January 2015

Please explain the tax calculation between pensionable and non-pensionable salary

Examples of other taxable allowances falling under code 3713

Posted 13 January 2015

What does code 3713 on an income tax cover- examples of other allowances taxable

Calculating fuel expenses for ad hoc freelance work?

Posted 8 January 2015

How do I calculate car expenses for ad hoc freelance work? As an employee I'm reimbursed at the SARS rate for travel and it is recorded on my IRP5. But as a freelancer doing a couple of ad hoc jobs over the course of a year, whilst still being employed elsewhere, how do I calculate the expense per km, and what documentation/records do I need to keep?

Calculation of 183 days outside South Africa for income tax exemption as per Section 10 (1)(o)(ii)

Posted 8 January 2015

Can the entry and exit dates as per the South African Passport Control stamp in you passport be used as the entry and exit days (both days included) to calculate the 183 days outside South Africa for foreign salary income tax exemption, as per Section 10 (1)(o)(ii) for example: depart from South Africa the morning of 1 January 2015, passport stamped as "exit" by South African Passport Control and enter South Africa again on afternoon 10 January 2015, passport stamped as "entry". So days outside ...

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Getting a Salary vs Invoicing the Company?

Posted 6 January 2015

Good day. I was wondering if TaxTim could help me with a query relating to my salary at my new job.

The owner prefers me to invoice him for my services at the end of the month. My question relates to what the tax implications will be with this? The remuneration is R120K per year and will be paid monthly.

Does this require me to act like a small business? And is the tax payable more or less in this case?

Thanks for your time

Settled business/private car tax allocation

Posted 5 January 2015

I have paid off/settled my car 4 years in advance that I use for business and private purposes. So far I've kept track of km for each and apply that percentage to my monthly installment as business expence. But how to go now about with the settled amount paid? What percentage must I use to allocate for tax purposes?

Can I invoice my employer as if I were a consultant instead of being an employee and paying PAYE?

Posted 5 January 2015

The question, I am employed by a company full time to which I fall in the 38% tax bracket and would like to figure a way out to pay less tax especially when I get paid commission over above my salary.
My company is open to the idea that I open a 'consulting' company to which I then invoice my employer as if I am not employed by them.

Is this possible and what are the implications of this approach?

Bussiness travel deviation, how do I claim bussiness mileage?

Posted 10 December 2014

I am driving from home to a business meeting, so its business mileage, but I have to drop my spouse at work which is a few Km's off the normal route to my destination. Can the total distance driven still be claimed as business travel?

Tax directive for over 79 - part-time work (temporary)

Posted 7 December 2014

I am retired person age 79 being paid a SASSA Social pension of R1370 per month. I want to do a part time work in the complex I live in and wish to reactivate my SARS tax reference number an I will be earning a commission of doing some administrative work for the complex owners. Depends on the number of tenants I find and also promoting their holiday letting the earnings may be up to R4000 per month max in peak period.What tax must I pay and what is the tax directive required for a person at age...

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Have car allowance but using car that is not registered in my name?

Posted 2 December 2014

I get a car allowance and the car I am using is registered in my wife's name. She is paying for the vehicle. Sars is refusing to pay me a refund because the car I am using is not registered in my name. Can they do this or do I have grounds to dispute this.

If my bonus is equal to my salary but includes allowances am I liable for dubble the UIF and PAYE?

Posted 25 November 2014

If your bonus is equal to your salary but it include travel allowance and telephone allowance how is it calculated for example;
My gross salary is R8800.00 (Basic Salary Allowance transport R500 R300 telephone allowance) bonus R8800.00 gross Income=R17600.00
How much will the UIF be and the PAYE?

What do I apply for in Freelance?

Posted 23 November 2014

Hi.I am getting paid a fixed monthly amount from a company to do merchandising for them 3 times a week.This is my only source of income? (R7000,00 per month)I will also need to pay my petrol with this income as the job require traveling?What do I need to apply as?will it be a tax directive or a provisional tax payer?

Treatmnet of taxable earnings refunded in clawback of maternity leave

Posted 21 November 2014

My question is around the treatment of the tax on maternity leave that is clawed back. Our company pays 4 months full pay while an employee is on maternity leave,but there is a clawback should the employee resign within 12 months of returning from maternity leave.

We calculate the clawback on a gross salary plus allowances and any benefit payments, eg: Basic pay, plus travel allowance, plus company paid medical aid, plus company paid provident fund, and deduct the sum of these from any outstanding money due to the employee. We deduct the total due as an advance and credit the cost centre accordingly....

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How to claim Motorcar expenses

Posted 21 November 2014

I am self employed (Handyman) and use my car to get to the places of business. I keep a log of km traveled for business. SARS informs me I am NOT allowed to claim any expenses with respect to my motor vehicle. Is that true? If not how to go about it?

Business parking fees

Posted 21 November 2014

Where in eFiling do you log business parking fees?
(If your business is in a business park)

travel claims on fixed & commission income

Posted 20 November 2014

I work for a company that pays me a fixed salary but also pays commission on extra work I bring in.
They do not pay me for any travel at all,. Can I claim work related travel on my tax return?

How do I know whether to deduct wear and tear or lease payments on travel claim against allowance

Posted 20 November 2014

I receive a vehicle allowance and use a hired purchased vehicle for business use and need to know how to choose between depreciation (wear & tear) or lease payment on Travel Claim Against Allowance.

I guess what I'm asking is whether SARS sees a hired purchase payment the same as a lease agreement payment.

May I choose between the greater of the two?

Dont have a code 3606 on my IT3 a

Posted 20 November 2014

The amount that I must fill in on my IT 3 a is it my salary received?

Can I claim depreciation on my vehicle

Posted 20 November 2014

Depriciation on my vehicle

Declaring Subsistence Allowance

Posted 20 November 2014

My IRP5 does not have a code for the subsistence allowance I got when travelling oversees.I did not use all of the allowance I was given while on the trip and was told I could keep it.How do I declare this in my income tax return?

Business Training Costs for Commission Earners

Posted 19 November 2014

Hi Tim - Thanks as always for an excellent service - I have been using TaxTim for about two years now.

My Question is regarding business seminars and training courses to further your working skillset. For instance I went on a sales training seminar voluntarily. I work as a commission-based sales executive. Can I claim the cost of this course back from SARS?

Claiming deductions for business expenses working as an independent contractor for a foreign company

Posted 19 November 2014

I work as an independent contractor for a company based in San Francisco, USA from my home office in Cape Town. Each month I invoice them for the number of hours worked and they pay in USD and I handle the forex to convert that to Rands.

I have some expenses directly incurred in generating this income (telecoms costs, software licenses, computer equipment depreciation and a portion of my electricity and rent for the home office, etc). I don't have an IRP5 from them since I'm not an employee and they aren't a South African company...

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