I was living and working outside of SA for more than 6 months in the last tax year. On the first page of the tax return, it asks if I was unemployed for the full tax year. I called an agent at SARS and explained that I was unemployed in SA but employed in the UK for the tax year. She asked if I have an IRP5, which I don't as I didn't work in SA for the tax year. She then said that I would then say that I was unemployed.
I am wanting to check if that is correct. I understand that my income from overseas isn't taxable as I was out of the country for more than 183 days but do I still need to declare it? By ticking that I was unemployed it generates a form that doesn't allow me to declare my income.
If you didn't earn any SA source income, that is to say from a source within South Africa and you were gone for longer than 183 days and only worked and paid taxes in the UK then you can click unemployed.
LPsays: 6 August 2014 at 17:26
Thanks so much!!
TaxTimsays: 6 August 2014 at 18:18
Only a pleasure!
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