10 August 2012 at 17:22
You would be taxed on the profit made, if you are trading the forex and not just holding onto it for a few years. The rate at which the profit would be taxed is based on the rest of your income. The profit is added to your other income and then applied against the tax tables to calculate what your tax payable is. Remember you will only pay tax on the income from trading and not from money which just sits in the account earning interest. That interest would be subject to tax, but only if it is greater than R22 800 per year.
In response to your second question - If you are doing this, then your trading may be seen as similar to trading stock in which case the Income Tax Act has specific rules for. Essentially your opening and closing balances would be taken into account in calculating your actual profit each year. If however it is a straight profit that you are using then again whatever new profit you make that year would be seen as taxable in your hands and added to your other income to determine your taxable income,
Either way the trader should be sending you an income tax statement detailing the profit earned on the actual trades and the interest earned on the balance in your account. This would then be added to your salaried income and the the tax payable would be calculated based on the tax tables.
10 August 2012 at 18:59
Thanks for the prompt reply. So,on my efiling chart, where would I have to mention the profit taxable if my eforex trading is similar to trading stock?
The currency traded in is in dollars and I have not transferred any amount to my bank account yet(profit that is), I keep trading on with the profits. So would the tax be applicable only when I transfer it into a bank account? There is no interest that is collected while it stays on in the forex account.
(just by the way,its an online account,and I do the trading myself as an amature in my spare time).
10 August 2012 at 20:46
SARS have had a difficulty monitoring this type of income earning activity. On your tax return you need to complete the on local business section and put in all your income - you will complete the gross income for the total amount received and then cost of sales for what you actually started with. Ideally you should keep a running spreadsheet so you can calculate exactly what the overall effect was, but you would have the amount contributed as the "cost of sales" and the year end balance as the gross income amount. Remember as well that you can deduct any other expenses that relate to earning this income, but these expenses must relate to the income and not be of a personal nature. You would include those in the next page of the return. The dollar amount would need to be translated at the SARS average rate for the year, which you can find on their website - http://www.sars.gov.za/home.asp?pid=54666
South African tax residents pay tax on their worldwide income regardless of whether it is received into their local accounts or not so you would be liable for tax on the income earned, even if it is in dollars.