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I am a vehicle salesman with my own car, can I claim a years depreciation

Posted 16 July 2014 under Tax Q&A


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I am a vehicle sales exec and have my own car.
Can I claim depreciation

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
16 July 2014 at 18:52

Do you use your own car for work purposes?

Jethro says:
17 July 2014 at 9:37

I used my vehicle to attend training courses, collecting customers from Gautrain stations,and taking docs to customers for signature etc in the tax year. This was not an everyday event and don't have dates and mileage logged.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
17 July 2014 at 9:55

You would need to keep a logbook or the petrol slips or some proof from these travel events in order to claim against it. Otherwise SARS has no proof that you drove these trips for work purposes.

Jethro says:
17 July 2014 at 10:21

I have numerous petrol slips with date, amount, reg no, the employers name and my name in print
for the various months, probably amounting to + - R2000.00 However no log book or millage records.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
17 July 2014 at 14:55

Last question, do you earn commission?

Jethro says:
17 July 2014 at 15:01

Yes, Under Tax Code 3606 I earned R105 994 and under Tax Code 3601 I earned R124 000

TaxTim TaxTim says:
17 July 2014 at 15:02

Great, then under the other deductions section of the return you can enter your actual costs spent for work purposes under the travelling section.

Jethro says:
17 July 2014 at 15:05

Remember, I only have petrol slips but no recorded log book with millages

TaxTim TaxTim says:
17 July 2014 at 15:07

You need to be able to prove to SARS that this travel was business related, if you can find away of demonstrating then you can deduct. However it is always best keep a logbook!

Jethro says:
17 July 2014 at 15:40

I can't really demonstrate via a few petrol slips. So I will rather not deduct the amount
Thanks for all your help

TaxTim TaxTim says:
17 July 2014 at 15:46

Keep a logbook in future and then you can apportion the expenses based on the mileage traveled.


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