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Can I claim for travel expense if I earn a basic and comm and my comm is less than 50% for the year?

Posted 3 March 2015 under Tax Q&A


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I earn a basic and commission, but my commission is less than 50% of my income for the year. I have claimed travel expenses as I use my own vehicle and pay my own petrol etc. I submitted a logbook, but they have disallowed the travel expenses as my commission is less than 50% of my total income. Is this correct? How else can I claim for my travel expenses? As it cost me R58 171. 00 for the year and I should be able to get something back surely?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
3 March 2015 at 10:27

Do you receive any allowance from your employer?

Marlaine says:
3 March 2015 at 10:31

I don't receive a travel allowance, only basic salary and small commission structure.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
3 March 2015 at 10:45

Unfortunately SARS are very specific on when travel claims can be claimed if commission over 50% of the overall amount is earned. You should be able to however claim depreciation of your car as wear and tear as you used it for work. Use the apportionment percentage of business or private on the logbook. You would be able to depreciate your car over 5 years.


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