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When can I submit my tax return?



When can I submit my tax return for the 2022 tax season? Are the filing dates still the same as those of the previous year?

Register as a Sole Proprietor



Can TaxTim help me register as a Sole Proprietor and assist me with my accounting?

Why am I getting auto-assessed? Where is my tax return?



I received an auto-assessment from SARS but I am confused what this means. Why have I been selected by SARS and how did SARS get my data? Can I still submit a tax return if I want to?

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.

Drop-shipping and taxes



Q: Tax on Sole Proprietor Income

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?

Difference between Vat and Tax numbers



Q: What is the difference between a VAT registration number and a tax reference number. When do I use which one? Are they not the same thing?

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?

Money owed to SARS



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

Tax for a Personal Service Provider



Hi Tax Tim,

I am a Personal Service Provider (PSP). My client withholds PAYE at 28% in the name of the PSP i.e in my company's name and not me personally, as an individual taxpayer. This concerns me because the PAYE tax credits sit in my company's name, but from an individual perspective I have not paid any tax on the salary I withdraw from my company.

The PAYE refund, if any, will be paid into my company. How do I show the tax on my salary in my individual tax return? If I...

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Freezing emigrants Retirement Annuities, how do I declare non-tax resident status?



Hi TaxTim, please can I ask about emigration and Retirement Annuities (RA)?

The new South African tax regulation, effective March 1, regarding emigrants' RAs being frozen for 3 years after financially emigrating:

1. I was told the start of the 3 years is not from date of financially emigrating, but rather the declaration date of non-tax resident status, is this correct?
2. If so, how does one declare oneself a non-tax resident?
3. I may have already declared mysel...

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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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SARS discrepancy sms



I got a sms from SARS reviewing discrepancies identified between 3rd party (TaxTim) and my last Income Tax tax return. Also they are advising me that I should ensure that the information is captured correctly. My information is captured by Sanlam and assume it is correct. Please advise what the discrepancy could be? And why do they mention the word "discrepancy"?

What does SARS mean by auto-assessment?



I saw something in a news article about SARS issuing auto-assessments this year from 1 August. I tried to research but couldn't find much and this is all very new to me. Please can you explain what this is? Are there any new changes which I need to be aware moving forward? I have been filing my own tax return for the past years, but I hear that I might not need to do so this year.

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?

SARS sent me an SMS about auto-assessment? Is this legit?



I received an SMS from SARS which mentioned something about an auto-assessment. I have not heard of this before. I don't trust anyone these days, and because of that I just want to ensure that this is legit - do you think this is a scam?

Income tax on drop-shipping



I am currently doing drop-shipping, the products which come from over sea, so I would like to know what income tax would I need to pay. What do I need to know about this if I am doing it for the first time? Could you kindly share tax material with me which I can use to also work my way through this.

Individual Tax Consultation



In January 2018 I stopped working as a full time employee and for the 2018/2019 tax year I did various things (including foreign travel and work) and earned different kinds of incomes. I did not register as a provisional taxpayer as at that stage I really did not know how the year was going to pan out and if I was going back into full time employment again. I would like to settle any tax I may owe for the 2018/2019 year, however with my different incomes, working out the country for more than 18...

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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.

Outstanding Provisional Tax



I think I needed to submit my last tax return for year ending 29 Feb 2020 as a provisional taxpayer. I have now unfortunately missed the two provisional opportunity windows, but am hoping I can submit and if I need to, pay all the money/penalties owed in the third and final window. Will I be able to do so even though the time has passed? And if yes, would there be any other information which I would need to know before I begin with my filing process?

Provisional Tax and Annuity Income



At the start of the 2021 tax year I will be earning a monthly income from my living annuity [LA], however as I understand from the provider of the LA, that tax will be deducted by them before I receive the monthly amount. I am registered as a provisional taxpayer and will be earning additional income on top of the LA income. So, I therefore assume that I can continue being a provisional taxpayer and declare the additional income only in the IRP6, or would I have to declare both incomes and then ...

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New company and tax forms



I have a new consulting firm and I completed an IRP6 twice, for the two SARS documents, as provisional tax. Note that on the said form there is no provision for any deductions of expenses to set-up my company.
I am not sure what to do next.

Do I need to complete a ITR12 form?. If so, where can I get this form? Currently, it does not show on my SARS e-filing, only the two completed IRP6 form are indicated.

Tax on living annuity



What type of a taxpayer am I if I receive a living annuity and I am 42 years old? My monthly living annuity income is just over R10000, I also receive money from my children's investments which ranges between R1000 and R8000.
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