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Can I claim deductions for a living allowance given to my elderly mom?

Posted 28 October 2013 under Tax Q&A


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I pay my elderly mom R2 000 per month for living expenses. She does not qualify for a South African pension as although my dad was classed as a South African citizen, my mom's citizenship remains British. She received a small amount of money when my dad died which she invested and now earns R1 000 per month so her total income for living is now R3000. My question is, I would like to know if there is some sort of deduction I can make for this amount?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
28 October 2013 at 14:28

Unfortunately not, this is a personal "expense". However if she were to be on your medical aid or you paid her medical bills then you would be able to claim the contribution as part of your tax affairs.


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