Tax on income working permanently in the UAE and declaring of such.

Hi Tim,
I left SA on 1/9/2011 to take up a permanent employment in UAE, with a UAE company. I also took up residency in the UAE. I sold all my fixed assets in SA, except for my primary residence, which I left for the children to complete their university studies from. I didn't have any intention to return to SA and wanted to relocate elsewhere, after my pension. Unfortunately I was retrenched w.e.f. 10/12/2012 and I returned to SA on 18/12/2012. I visited SA in Nov 2011 for 10 days in Oct 2012 for 5 days. I only started to earned an income in SA in February 2013.
My questions:
1. Is my income in the UAE taxable.
2. Do I have to declare my UAE income in the 2012/13 return?

This entry was posted in Tax Q&A and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
25 September 2013 at 8:42

Did you come to SA anytime between November 2011 and October 2012?

Villa59 says:
25 September 2013 at 12:00

Yes, I was in SA between 28 Oct 2011 and 11 Nov 2011 and again between 23 Oct 2012 and 28 Oct 2012

TaxTim TaxTim says:
26 September 2013 at 12:38

Your income in the UAE is not taxable as you meet the requirements of exempt foreign income. You would ordinarily need to file this income on your return, there is a section under, "amounts considered not taxable" that you could include this figure in next to s(10)(1)(o) income.

Villa59 says:
26 September 2013 at 18:44

Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated!!!

TaxTim TaxTim says:
26 September 2013 at 22:36

Only a pleasure!

Do your Tax Return in 20 minutes or less!

TaxTim will help you:

 Do Your Tax Return Easily
 Avoid penalties
 Maximise your refund

Tim uses your answers to complete your income tax return instantly and professionally, with everything filled in in the right place.

Let Tim submit your tax return direct to SARS in just a few clicks!

Get started

Blog Categories

Ask TaxTim

Got a question you want answered about tax?

Visit our helpdesk →

Get SARS Tax Deadlines in your Inbox
We'll tell you when you need to file, along with tax tips and updates.