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Can I deduct salaries I pay from my unrelated salary for income tax purposes?

Posted 26 May 2016 under Tax Q&A


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Michael says:
25 May 2016 at 16:00

Hi, I have a quick question, I am a permanent employee of a company and earn a monthly salary from which I pay medical, pension and pension fund, all deducted straight from my salary. I in turn have two people employed by me on a permanent casual basis, they are paid roughly R2500 each per month, could I get a tax deductions for this?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
26 May 2016 at 10:35

Please clarify the nature of the employment of these two people -Is it related to your permanent salaried job or something separate? Who pays them?

Michael says:
26 May 2016 at 10:53

It is not related to my permanent job - the salaries are for a domestic worker and a salary for a small business which I am currently setting up as a sole trader, the business however does not make any profit yet and everything gets paid out of my own pocket for now as it is just starting out.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
26 May 2016 at 13:11

You would only be able to claim this expenditure once the business is trading and generating a profit. You cannot offset it against other unrelated income (e.g. your salary). You can only claim businesses expenses directly incurred in generating income - therefore the two employees need to be actively involved in your business in order for their salaries to be claimable.

Michael says:
26 May 2016 at 13:46

Thank you for your assistance

TaxTim TaxTim says:
26 May 2016 at 13:48

Only a pleasure!


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