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Overseas income

I have been working overseas and will be doing so for the whole of 2022 tax year making me provisional:
a. What average exchange rate will I use?
b. When is the first Provisional tax return due and, if necessary payable?
c. Can I deduct my overseas pension and medical from my gross income or is this only if I have a pension/RA and medical in South Africa?
d. I know that R1. 25 mil is exempt so how would I work out the tax on that as I know that I cannot claim all overseas tax...

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Living, working and paying tax abroad

I have been living and working abroad in Australia for Australian companies since 2017. All the while I have been paying income tax, social security tax etc. in Australia. Naturally, I do not have an IRP5 from the Australian employer. As far as I understand SARS still requires me to declare my income? If so where and how do I declare this on the tax return?

Do I pay tax on profits from Forex trading?

Q: How do I pay Tax on Forex Trading?

I am a South African resident. I am a full-time forex trader (almost a year now). I trade via a broker overseas, I deposit funds into my trading account via their bank accounts here in South Africa. I would like to know if my profits from trading forex are taxed, how do I declare this and what forms should I fill from sars. Also, what can I expect in terms of what percentage of tax I will pay?

PAYE calculation?

I received a total salary of R183477. 00 as from 01/07/2021 up to 29/02/2022. I would like to know how much PAYE was I supposed to pay. Take note I was working only for 8 months

Money owed to SARS

I want to understand why I am owing SARS and how to pay the money to SARS?

Foreign Employment and Tax Implications

I am a South African resident currently employed full time. I earn a monthly salary of R23000 (before tax). I have recently started consulting part time for a foreign company that will pay me in dollars. On average $2000 every 3 months.

Foreign income with online forex trading

How one would declare Income/Loss that is derived from online forex trading. The trading account is in USD so I assume foreign income.

1. Where would one declare this income/loss with TaxTim/eFiling tax return under foreign income?
2. Is it necessary to declare if only a loss was made?
3. Can withdrawal fees/currency exchange and bank fees be deducted from overall profit.
4. What documentation would SARS require? The only documentation that can be acquired from the trading platform is trading history showing profit/loss but no tax certificates. ...

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Submitting a tax return and foreign income

I have been living abroad for a while, since February 2018 to be exact. I filed my tax return for the 2017/2018 financial year, as it reflected my income for the previous year, during which I was employed in South Africa. I would like to maintain an unbroken record with SARS, but I'm not sure how to file for income earned abroad. My current income is well below the R1 million limit impostor in South Africans working abroad. I will be tax returning to SA in March 2019. So, I would like to know wh...

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Tax on foreign employment

I was living in Dubai from March 2014 up until December 2016, I however did not earn any income while living there. I then moved to Namibia, where I am currently employed and getting an income, I am a registered taxpayer in Namibia. Also, I am a registered taxpayer in South Africa because I worked there before moving to Dubai. I've received no income from South Africa since moving out of the country. I'd like to find out if I still need to submit a tax return to SARS?

Which option do I select on eFiling?

Which field do I select on eFiling to add income (in dollars) earned from freelancing?

Earning dollars as a freelancer

I've been working as a freelancer (part-time) for the past year and I've been earning money in dollars. How will this affect my tax return?
I also work as a full-time employee.

Offshore earnings tax


i need to know how my offshore tax will be calculated as I don't meet the 183 criteria for tax exemption.

Tax returns foreign vs local income

I've been working outside of the country more than 6 months in a 12 month period with
more than 182/60 day rule passed so that money should be tax free. If I
earn in between those periods in South Africa, does that affect my tax free
income that I am earning outside South Africa?

Is the Package Correct?

I'm filling out my 2017 tax return for Individual Return. My income is covered in part by an IRP5, and in part by a foreign deposit. Can I declare both on TaxTim?
I also just bought the TaxTim Ultra package because of the foreign income, but the email says I should only use the voucher on July 1st. Have I bought the wrong product?

Cruise Ship employee and Tax Laws

I'm a SA resident and work on a cruise ship as a waiter for a company that travels all over the world. Most of my income is derived through gratuity from passengers. How would this relate to the new tax law for foreign income mentioned in the latest budget speech affect us? Will I be subjected to pay tax on the gratuity I earn?

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).

Foreign Income

I'm currently staying in South Africa. I receive income from foreigners, for hunting trips outside of SA borders. I'm usually out of the country for a week or two at a time. Is this income I'm earning taxable in SA?

Does income earned in Mozambique need to be included in my SA tax return if I reside in South Africa

I work remotely for a Mozambique company in South Africa, do I have to include the income earned in Mozambique in my SA tax return?

Legal tax deduction?

Good Day I would like to know who is right in this scenario: a SA resident and the SA company I work for received a construction contract in Sierra Leone, November 2015 we left with promises that there will be no tax deducted. Just before we left our SA employment was terminated and we were rehired by the newly established Sierra Leone company (same name, just now Sierra Leone ltd). We work everything according to the SARS 183/60 rule In the meantime, salary and tax deductions went on like norma...

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How to declare foreign trading income

My declared foreign income is the same as I declared as the profit for a business because of online graphic design work - I get paid in USD via Paypal and via FNB. Should I only declare this once and remove it from the business? I would hate to pay tax for twice that of my earnings! Please help, thank you.

UK pounds income, how do I declare it?

I earn my salary in UK pounds< can you tell me how I'd declare this please?

How do I pay tax on my foreign earned income?

If I work for a USA company and earn e.g. $65,000 per year and the company does not have a brand and or is not registered in South Africa, what is the tax process?

I imagine - (please correct me). I receive full amount monthly and need to register as a provisional tax payer and pay SARS normal PAYE twice per year? Note I will not be traveling more than 183 days per year. Is there a possible benefit of registering a business and paying myself from the business a lower amount?

Can I apply the 183 rule to my income?

I worked in RSA as a full time employee from 1 March 2015 until 30 September 2015. During this time, I earned R660 000. During this time, I was out of the country for 60 days, for business. From 1 October 2015 to 29 February 2016, I worked in the UK as a full time employee of a UK organisation. During this time, I earned R600 000 (in GBP). During this time, I was out of the country for 126 days.

During the full tax year, I spent 186 days outside of South Africa, of which 60 were consecutive, which means that I qualify for the exempt income provision (sec10(1)(o)(ii))...

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Notice of assessment from SARS

I submitted my tax on the 1st July after which SARS requested my documents which I submitted the very same day. Then I received a notification stating my income tax has been assessed and SARS will issue a Notice of assessment. My question is how long does it take to receive the (updated) Notice of assessment from SARS.

60 day rule

I have an employment contract outside of SA and my employer does not deduct PAYE, do I have to be outside of SA for 183 days of which 60 must be consecutive in a tax year or just in a 12 month period (if contract is from 15 April 2015 - 15 April 2016)?
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