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Calculating fuel expenses for ad hoc freelance work?

Posted 8 January 2015 under Tax Q&A


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How do I calculate car expenses for ad hoc freelance work? As an employee I'm reimbursed at the SARS rate for travel and it is recorded on my IRP5. But as a freelancer doing a couple of ad hoc jobs over the course of a year, whilst still being employed elsewhere, how do I calculate the expense per km, and what documentation/records do I need to keep?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
8 January 2015 at 19:07

You need to keep a logbook of all your travel including private business as well as record all your expenses. You would then use the business travel, if less than 8000km, multiplied by the SARS rate to deduct against your freelance work.

MissA says:
8 January 2015 at 19:14

Thanks, that is what I had hoped would be the case.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
8 January 2015 at 19:17

Only a pleasure!


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