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Working for government. Tax deductions for eg stationary and courses that I have paid for myself?

Posted 17 October 2013 under Tax Q&A


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I work for Gauteng Department of education. I am a Therapist and from time to time I buy my own stationary, therapy material and incentives for the children. I also do courses at my own expense. Where do I deduct the above mentioned expenses?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
18 October 2013 at 11:29

Do you work as a salaried employee for the government?

POP123 says:
18 October 2013 at 11:33

Yes, I earn a monthly salary. I work full time as a therapist for a government school and I receive an IRP5.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
18 October 2013 at 11:34

Unfortunately then you will not be able to deduct these expenses. While it is brilliant work you are doing and even more amazing that you are spending your own money on these extras you cannot deduct them for tax purposes. You should try and get the department or the school to refund you these amounts.

POP123 says:
18 October 2013 at 11:40

Thank you for your prompt response. No one else (not even SARS) could give me an answer. I really appreciate it.i will refer to you.

TaxTim TaxTim says:
18 October 2013 at 11:45

Glad I could help and thank you for the referrals. Keep up the excellent work you are doing!


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