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Shoud I (non South African) pay tax on my global income which comes to my non resident account?

Posted 12 August 2014 under Tax Q&A


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I am a foreigner working overseas. My spouse, also a foreigner, lives in South Africa on a work permit and pays taxes here. When I am not doing my consultancies, I come to South Africa to stay with my spouse. I have recently opened a non resident account in South Africa so that my consultants fees can be paid to the account here and it will help me with liquidity as well as eventual investments that I may want to make. What is my tax liability in South Africa?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
13 August 2014 at 4:25

Your tax liability is only to the South African source income, such as interest and dividends from the investments made here in SA. The actual income earned outside South Africa will not attract any tax. However if you are not here for longer than 183 days then the interest is not taxable.


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