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Accepted auto assess forgot my travel logbook



What will happen if I already accepted my auto assessment, but I have done so without submitting my travel logbook, am I able to fix this myself, what should I do? Am I correct in saying that I would need to request some sort of correction on eFiling and how would I go about doing this? How and where on the eFiling system should I go to get the request for correction?

What must I do with the auto-assessment from SARS?



I received an SMS from SARS which says something about an auto-assessment. When I login to eFiling I see there is an option to accept or edit it. Are there any risks involved with accepting it? What should I look out for? Please help, I know nothing about this new SARS process.

I received an auto assessment sms from SARS



SARS has sent me an SMS saying they have calculated my assessment tax and I can accept or edit this. I have done an early tax return with TaxTim and I'm not sure what to do now as I cannot submit that tax return until 1 Sep 2022

Auto Assess and Travel expenses



I have received an SMS, stating that my tax has been assessed automatically and that a refund is due of R7000,00 however I do not know if my travelling has been taken into account as I have not sent anything yet. Could you help me in clarifying this matter? Should I accept it as it is, would this not have an impact on my tax return to SARS when I do finally submit it?

Can a sole proprietor claim for vehicle maintenance?



Can a sole proprietor (extra income, working from home) claim for vehicle maintenance (I do most maintenance myself, but have invoices for the parts) and insurance if he did not keep an accurate logbook?

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



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

SARS asked for calculation for depreciation on laptop



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?

What happens once I've submitted my tax return form?



One of the questions most asked when it comes to tax season, is “what happens now that I’ve submitted my income tax return, when do I get my refund?”’

If you’re due a tax refund then you will probably get the money deposited into your account within a few days. SARS will also email or SMS you telling you that an IT34 (Summary of your return and refund) and ITSA (Income Tax Statement of Account) have been issued. They will detail your tax refund (tax back) if any. So look forward to that deposit into your account. ...

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Car vs car allowance tax



From a tax perspective which is more beneficial to an employee: a car allowance or a company provided vehicle? What would the impact be on either if the employee does not travel sufficient business kilometres on both?

How to calculate provident fund deductions for 2016/2017?



Please can you show an example of how the employer and employee's provident fund will affect the monthly tax 2021/2022. I still do salaries manually.

Tax deduction - Asset write-off for small items



Is it true that the acquisition of "small" items at a cost of less than R 7000 per item may be written off during the year of acquisition? I bought a laptop for R 6999.00 in December 2012. I am an IT contractor.

What does code 3801 and 3810 on irp5 stand for? If fringe benefits why wont they appear on payslip?



I am currently completing my 2 daughters, my son in law, my husband and my tax returns for the 2015 tax year and I am unsure of code 3801 and 3810 on my daughter's tax return. What could these fringe benefits be? I don't see it on her payslips? Her salary structure is that her salary as a cash amount and travel allowance on her payslip as well her medical aid, disability, provident, Income protection insurance and ancillary fee but her IRP5 does not show the above on her IRP5?
Confused! Doe...

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Freelancer and Tax payments



I am currently working as a freelance artist who just started earning money from the work which I do, but at the moment I earn approximately R600.00 a month. I also have not been working for a long time before I began with the freelance job, it has been just over 7 months. Do I still need to pay my taxes even though my income isn't fixed and stable? If that is the case I need help in knowing how I can calculate how much of the tax I would need to pay.

Is VAT on commission subjected to income tax?



If an individual who is a registered as VAT vendor acts as an Agent and earns commission ad obviously charges output tax and declares it to SARS.

I.e. Someone who has invoiced out R100.00 and declared an output tax of R13.04 to SARS, when the time comes to file their personal income tax does the person have to declare the same amount being R86.96 excluding VAT as their commission income and do they have to pay income tax on the above amount?

Will that not be double taxati...

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VAT on interest



I have a business that collects debt on behalf of other service providers, we eventually charge interest if the payments are overdue longer than 3 months. Are we required to charge VAT on this interest?


How do independent contractors get taxed?



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 than 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, can you tell me things will work, please?

The question of tax relates to how you are perceived to be working for the "employer" to whom you will be contracting out to...

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How should an online freelancer pay tax?



Hi there, I need some advice. I currently work full-time but will be going freelance from April. I have already started some freelance work on the side, and wanted to know how I should go about paying tax for this? Most of the Freelance work I am doing is on an online website (for countries all around the world) and I transfer the funds into my bank account each month. No tax is taken off of this by the website, so I wanted to find out how I should go about paying tax, would it be a monthly or y...

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Independent Contractor versus Personal Service Company



I'd like to get some clarity on whether there is a difference between an Independent Contractor and a Personal Service Company?

Calculation of fringe benefit tax on use of a company car. / deduction claim



Calculation of fringe benefit tax on a company car. Car owned by the company used for business purposes and a small amount of private (home to work etc) Codes 6020 and 6035 are used. One is for the value of the vehicle and the other is the amount taxable. Does this get added to the taxable income? will code 6035 be the one that contains the taxable portion?

Tax on Lump Sum payment - Provident Fund



Hi,

A friend received a lump sum payment from her provident fund to pay for a family members medical bills. Is she able to claim back some of the tax paid over to SARS for the additional medical expenses? She had previously received a lump sum payment on retrenchment, so this is the second lump sum recieved from the fund. She has no other income.

Do I need to register for VAT if my income is all export related but my turnover exceeds R1m?



I am a provisional taxpayer in South Africa working solely for a foreign company (my services are all export related) with my turnover exceeding R1 million a year. I know that exports are zero-rated for VAT. Do I need to register as a VAT vendor, even though my income would not be subject to VAT?

Should source code 3699 reflect on your cost to company?



Does source code 3699 include all employment income, so it should it reflect your cost to company?

Can I claim against the use of my vehicle if the only code on my IRP5 is 3703?



I have used my vehicle for official travel - there is only code 3703 on my IRP5. Can I claim travel expenses in my return?

Is there a limit on the contribution towards PAYE for tax on perks such as fuel?



As part of my package I receive the benefit of a fuel card and car allowance (but I do not do any business travel). However, on my tax return for 2020 I had to pay almost R9k because of this benefit. I had thought that our Human Resource Department would have made adjustments to my PAYE so that I would be paying 100% of the applicable tax so that I do not have anything to pay when I do my tax return once a year. Our Human Resource person said that he was not able to set the PAYE so that I could in future pay 100% of the fuel and car allowance benefit, but was limited to set it at 80%. ...

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Why am I being auto-assessed on SARS eFiling?



I received an auto-assessment from SARS. My husband did not receive the SMS but my friend also received an SMS saying she has been auto-assessed. Why have SARS introduced this new process? Why are there some being auto-assessed and not others?
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