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Am I tax liable if I did not earn an income in South Africa?

Posted 27 May 2016 under Tax Q&A


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Lienkie says:
25 May 2016 at 18:03

I relocated to the Netherlands in 2003 for work on a 2 year contract. When I left South Africa I completed a form to state that I will be out of the country for this time. After the 2 years I tax returned for 6 months but did not work. I tax returned to the Netherlands and have been working here ever since. I have been paying income tax since I have been working here.. I also own a property in South Africa which I purchased in 2006. My question:we (my husband is also South African) is considering getting Dutch citizenship,but how do we go about sorting out the taxes. R we liable for the years we have been out out the country?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
26 May 2016 at 10:30

Did you earn income in South Africa while living in the Netherlands?
Did you rent out your South African property?

Lienkie says:
26 May 2016 at 12:17

No I didn't earn anything in South Africa and the property is not rented out.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
26 May 2016 at 13:29

If you were not earning income in South Africa and were living and working and paying tax in the Netherlands, you won't be liable for any tax payments in South Africa. Since you haven't formally emigrated, you should bring your tax filings up to date though by filing nil tax returns.

Lienkie says:
26 May 2016 at 17:12

Thank you that answers my question. I'll do what u recommend and fill in the nil tax returns.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
27 May 2016 at 10:45

Glad we could assist!


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