My wife and I are South African and we are currently based in East Asia. I work here as a teacher and my wife is not employed. We are married in community of property. So, back at home in Durban, we own two properties, one is residential and the other an office space. We receive rental income of about R6000 and R7500 respectively. Both properties are mortgaged and they are part of a sectional title scheme. Should we register as provisional taxpayers and how would we go about doing this?
Yes, you would need to register as provisional taxpayers as you would be subject to income tax on the two properties. If the net income, that is the profits from the rental income exceed R79000 per annum for each of you once combined then you need to register and pay tax. Therefore, each individual needs to register as a separate taxpayer and pay tax in their own name. However, this would only be necessary if you take the total profit from the rental property and split it by two, if that amount is greater than R79000 (so each share is greater than R79000) then you would need to register and pay provisional tax.