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Tax on Forex Trading



I will soon be receiving additional income of about R30000.00pm from a forex investor who is trading on my behalf, I am not trading. My current income is around R36000.00 to R41000.00 gross per month.
How do I go about paying tax on the forex income? Do I have any exemptions on this?

Also can you please give me advice in terms of paying less tax? I presume the best route is to maximize my retirement annuity contributions to 27. 5%?

Severance pay and tax exemption




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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Retrenchment tax



I have been retrenched because of the company cutting back on staff. My severance package is R107000 including R14000 leave pay. I am 57 years old female. I have been paid out R87000, is that correct?
I thought I did not have to pay tax if my lump sum was under R500 000? Please could you assist me with this as I am very much confused.

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 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?

Overseas income



I have been working overseas and will be doing so for the whole of 2021 tax year making me provisional:
a. What average exchange rate will I use as February 2021 has not yet arrived?
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...

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Will I get a tax refund if I accept the SARS auto-assessment?



My auto-assessment shows that I am due a tax refund. Can this be correct? Do you think I will receive the refund if I accept it, or should I rather reject it and file a tax return?

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?

Tax deductions exceeds the tax paid



What happens if my Allowable Tax Deductions exceeds the tax paid in the same year. Logically I should only be able to claim back the actual tax paid? It will be Additional allowable Medical claims which will not be covered by the medical aid. These amounts plus smaller deductions will push the claims to over and above the tax payable amount.

Contract worker and Tax



I was retrenched at the end of 2017. My last Tax Return was done in the year 2018. Since April 2019 I have been receiving income for work done on a contract basis and the company indicated that I need to see to my own tax affairs. How do I go about filing my tax return for 2020? Your assistance is highly appreciated.

Retirement lump sum calculator



The TaxTim lump sum tax calculator provides for BEFORE and AFTER retirement, retrenchment or death - with a marked difference between the BEFORE and AFTER options. I would just like to make sure that this is correct, as I am being told by my fund that withdrawing retirement funds (post retrenchment - but before retirement age) does not have the same rate. I have been forced to withdraw from my pension fund because of retrenchment due to "redundancy because of a general reduction in personnel" (a cost to company reduction)...

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IRP5s and companies paying RA for employees



If a company is paying into a Retirement Annuity (RA) for employees when preparing an IRP5, using source code 3828 as income, would we then need to use source code 4006 for the same amount? In other words, source code 3828 for the amount paid by company on behalf of employee (this amount will be added to the income total) and code 4475 for the same amount. If an employee has not contributed anything code 4006 will be 0, but will still have to appear on the IRP5?

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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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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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.

Claiming retirement



I am confused and I need some clarity regarding money I am contributing into a pension fund. I am making monthly contributions into someone else%u2019s pension fund. I was wondering whether I can deduct my contributions from my income for tax purposes. Can I claim these contributions back? I am not certain whether this is doable and would appreciate your help.

Earnings of a teacher and tax



I would like to find out if I should submit a tax return as a teacher that earns R300 000 per annum. Would this be required of me?

Two incomes and tax calculations



I am 51 years old and I receive a monthly taxable salary and a monthly pension. How do I calculate my tax on both incomes?

Difference between provident fund and retirement annuity?



There is no code 4006 on my IRP5, but I pay into a provident fund via my employer. There is an amount with code 4003/4473 (the same amount). Do I need to enter this amount anywhere?

This query relates to question 6806 "Do you have a %nextpass% Retirement Annuity Fund that you want to enter?" in the Retirement Annuity section.

RAF



Kindly advice me on tax deductions regarding RAF maximum amount that ca be
deducted.

If a person is on Salary range of 280 000 to 300 000 p.a.

The employer and contribute each 7.5 % of the basic salary p.a to pension


The employee currently contribute R405 per month towards retirement
annuity fund per month

The question is how much can be deducted or get refunded from SARS annual
or how much can contributed to RAF to ensure that he/ she is not paying too...

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Outstanding certificates



I have not yet received a certificate for my personal Retirement Annuity?

This query relates to question 6803 "Please enter the name of the Fund. You will find this on the Tax Certificate received from your fund. " in the Retirement section.

Financial instruments



I am busy correcting my tax returns but have a query on financial instruments listed. Does my retirement annuity(s) value also need to be submitted as part of this value at the value it was on the 28th of February? The same questions goes for my TFSA which consists of stocks?

I received two assessments from SARS



I submitted my tax return and received a refund outcome, I later received another assessment with a different refund amount, can you explain this to me please?

Is RA and pension the same?



I'm not sure how the deductions for my pension works as my employer has been deducting pension from my salary under code 4001. Do I still enter any amounts under annuity contributions?
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