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Cruise ship salary - is it taxable?

Posted 18 November 2014 under Tax Q&A


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I work for a cruise ship company and receive a monthly salary. I have been outside of SA for over 183 days and 60 days consecutively. I do not get an IRP5 from them. I understand that I will be exempt from taxes under s10 (1)(o). I am however uncertain where to document this in my ITR12. Do I document the entire amount under "amounts considered non taxable" under the heading exempt amount? Or do I work out the exempt amount according to the number of days I was abroad? The form also has a section on residency information. Do I insert my total salary here again under amount received and amount exempt?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
18 November 2014 at 2:04

Did you work for a local employer or was it a foreign employer?

John says:
18 November 2014 at 2:06

A foreign employer

TaxTim TaxTim says:
18 November 2014 at 6:49

If you only worked on the cruise ship and you meet the definitions for being outside of SA then you would include this amount under the "amounts considered non taxable" for s(10)(1)(o). Remember though that any other income earned whilst being in SA would be considered taxable such as interest for example.


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