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Tax on Foreign Income

Posted 10 February 2013 under Tax Q&A


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Hi Tim,I've got a new contracting job where I'll be working from SA, but I'll be paid from the UK. How do declare/pay my taxes on these? And do I have to transfer all my funds back to SA?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
10 February 2013 at 22:15

Unless you get special permission from the South African Reserve Bank you will have to bring the funds back into SA and convert to Rands withing 30 days of earning the income.

There are sections on the ITR12 income tax return for foreign income earned where you would enter the amounts earned. You would also need to register as a provisional taxpayer and submit a IRP6 every 6 months and pay taxes accordingly. This is just an upfront payment and is based on the expected earnings for the tax year.

Nick says:
11 February 2013 at 9:41

Thank you Tim. I'll register as Provisional taxpayer.

On the ITR12, would I put this income as code 3603 (contract work)?

Sorry for all the questions, but what type of deductions are allowed for contractors? As I would need to buy a laptop and have some cellphone expenses in order to do my job?


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