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Academic fees from SARS?

Posted 19 August 2015 under Tax Q&A


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Joe says:
15 August 2015 at 10:16

I'm a full time student who works at different places over weekends to fund my studies which are ~R50K p. A
Is there a portion that I can be able to claim back from SARS?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
17 August 2015 at 12:25

In order to claim a tax refund, you need to be registered as a Tax Payer with SARS, have filed a Tax Return and have overpaid SARS tax for the year.

If you are earning above the tax threshold of R73,650 for the year, you should be registered with SARS and paying tax.

Further clarification is at the link below.
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Joe says:
19 August 2015 at 10:02

Hi Tim
Thank you for the response. I am a registered tax payer as I had a full-time job before but now I am a full-time student and paying my own fees. I make about R100K pa and ~60K is for fees. I do also have an investment plan and life cover. I wanted to know if they consider school fees contribution for refunds. Thanks

TaxTim TaxTim says:
19 August 2015 at 10:46

It's a pleasure.

Your school fees are a personal expense and therefore would not be deductible against your income on your tax return.


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