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How to claim Motorcar expenses

Posted 21 November 2014 under Tax Q&A


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I am self employed (Handyman) and use my car to get to the places of business. I keep a log of km traveled for business. SARS informs me I am NOT allowed to claim any expenses with respect to my motor vehicle. Is that true? If not how to go about it?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
21 November 2014 at 17:39

That is not true at all, how many km do you travel?

Eliseo says:
21 November 2014 at 17:51

For the 2014 tax year I travelled 4294km

TaxTim TaxTim says:
21 November 2014 at 17:58

You are able to use the SARS rate of R3.30 per km x the mileage (provided you kept a logbook as proof) and deduct that under travel expenses.

Eliseo says:
21 November 2014 at 18:13

Thank you very much. It is obvious that they are putting people on the helpline who don't have a clue. The guy was very adamant that no deductions were allowed.
Thanks again you have been a great help.
Eliseo

TaxTim TaxTim says:
21 November 2014 at 21:13

When you file your return, use the Local Business Income section of the return and put all your expenses including travel there.


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