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Foreign unemployment benefits - counting as foreign income or otherwise taxable in RSA?

Posted 9 August 2014 under Tax Q&A


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Hi - I am from Europe, working in the RSA for a South African employer since early in the 2014 tax year. During the period between March 1st 2013 and my arrival/start of work in the RSA, I had no salary, but received an amount in unemployment benefits from the European country I then lived in. Are those benefits taxable in South Africa (as income or otherwise), and if so, under what heading should I enter them for my 2014 tax return? Foreign Income, some other category?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
10 August 2014 at 20:16

No those are not taxable in South Africa.


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