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P2p interest

Posted 19 July 2017

I earned interest on a Peer 2 Peer investment in the UK, at https://www. Ratesetter. Com/. As this is a non-SA entity they do not provide IT3(b) statements. It is also not a bank/ institution but independent loans. As such, I am not clear if or were to add this amount in TaxTim. I did get a statement with the amount received of 110. 25GBP. Do I enter this amount at the point of "Did you earn any interest from a foreign bank / institution? On your IT3(b) you will see an amount under foreign interest. " ?...

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Renting Property and Travel Costs

Posted 13 July 2017

I'm renting out property in Cape Town and I stay in Johannesburg. When travelling down to Cape Town for maintenance/inspections purposes, do I claim the actual petrol money spent or the SARS rate of R3.29?

What are cost of sales in a consulting business

Posted 12 July 2017

What would cost of sales be in a consulting business - would my time be the cost? Would it be paper, laptop etc?

This query relates to question 4216 "Please enter the cost of sales incurred." in the Self Employed/Independent Contractor/Freelancer section.

Declaring other income to SARS

Posted 11 July 2017

I am full time employed but I have earned additional income by lecturing a couple of hours during the year at a different employer. This employer did not deduct any PAYE. The employer has paid me according to the hours that I have invoiced them. Should I answer the question about whether I'm an Independent Contractor as "Yes"?

Saving the TaxTim Logbook

Posted 7 July 2017

I need to submit my logbook to SARS, I used the TaxTim logbook. How do I
save the logbook so that I can upload it?

Business Tax Return

Posted 6 July 2017

I just wanted to find out if you deal with business tax? I've recently started a company and would just like to know what SARS will want to see in respect to my accounting when I file a tax return? Essentially, what is the bare minimum if they audit?

Travel Allowance Claim

Posted 5 July 2017

I get a travel allowance, but I use my wife's vehicle for business purposes
as we work together. Can I claim travel expenses?

Claim travel without a logbook

Posted 4 July 2017

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

Posted 4 July 2017

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.


Leased company use and tax

Posted 3 July 2017

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

Posted 3 July 2017

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.

Earning dollars as a freelancer

Posted 2 July 2017

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.

Tax as a remote worker

Posted 21 June 2017

My primary source of income comes from an overseas company who I work remotely for (it's on a permanent basis but I'm not under a contract). I get paid every month, through TransferWise, in dollars. I also earn some income off royalty based products and some freelance creative jobs. I'm finding it quite complicated to set up a tax paying structure with this setup. Could you possibly give me some advice on how I could set up a tax paying structure with this way of working?

Tax Directive for a settlement agreement.

Posted 7 June 2017

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)

Posted 1 June 2017

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 help for freelancers

Posted 29 May 2017

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?

What type of tax category do I fall into?

Posted 2 May 2017

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.

Working for a salary that varies

Posted 28 April 2017

I am starting a career as a tour guide and the company will require us to
sort our own taxes out. The amount of money I will earn per month will
vary. The salary will consist out of a salary paid from the company per
trip, as well as tips.

How do I go about tax when your salary will vary per month?

Petrol and travel allowance claims

Posted 26 April 2017

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

Posted 25 April 2017

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.

Waiting for my VAT number

Posted 25 April 2017

Can I charge VAT while waiting for my VAT registration to come through? How can I legally show VAT on a invoice to a customer while waiting for my VAT number? The company registration and income tax is done.

Can I claim if not reimbursed by my employer?

Posted 20 April 2017

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?

Posted 19 April 2017

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

How to make changes after submissions?

Posted 13 April 2017

I submitted my 2016 tax return using my actual cost on my travel expenses. How can I have it changed to fixed cost as my business travel was about 16000km whilst my actual cost was only R399.00? My tax return was audited by SARS and I've disputed on these grounds several times as well as gone to SARS twice. I've been told that it's possible to have this changed and the consultant at SARS has requested it be done on their system but no change so far. The latest statement still reflects only R217,...

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Income from overseas

Posted 10 April 2017

My wife does some occasional freelance work for a company overseas. As well as here in South Africa.
Her local freelance brings in about R3500 per month. She doesn't currently pay provisional tax as the amounts are too small. She's recently taken on some international freelance work that amounts to
about R10500 every second month or so. What are the tax implications of the international income?
Does she need to declare it and can she declare it as a donation?
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