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Posted 12 March 2013 under Tax Q&A


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I am an SA citizen, and have just moved back after living in the UK for five years. I have never had a tax number. I am opening a small consulting firm and need a tax number to register my business with SARS. What information should I supply on page 2 of the IT77 form? Any advice on how I could go about getting myself a tax number then registering my business with SARS would be great?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
12 March 2013 at 14:29

Are you trying to register the business and yourself personally as well?

Wes says:
12 March 2013 at 14:34

Well if I have to then yes I will register myself and the business. I am after getting the business registered and my understanding is that I have to have a tax number first?

TaxTim TaxTim says:
12 March 2013 at 15:07

In order to register yourself first follow the guidelines on this link - click here

Are you registering your business as a company or will you be working as a sole prop?

Wes says:
12 March 2013 at 15:11

Ok I understand that. What should I put in the space on page two where it asks about my employer? Do I register as unemployed or should I put the name of my future company?

It will be a sole prop.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
12 March 2013 at 15:29

If you are trading as a sole prop then you wont need to apply for a business tax number as you will be taxed in your own hands on the profit. Under the employer section you can put unemployed for now or leave it blank.


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