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The Dangers of DIY Tax: How to Avoid Disaster

Posted 13 November 2017

The Dangers of DIY Tax: How to Avoid Disaster

Have you ever started one of those ‘oh, this’ll be easy’ Do-It-Yourself jobs, only to find yourself utterly frustrated half-way through wondering - what was I thinking? Pieces of wood cut just a few millimetres short of what they should’ve been. Holes drilled in the wrong places. Screwdrivers in every size except the one you need, missing bolts or the wrong colour paint! These DIY disasters can land up costing you much more time and money to salvage (or in the w...

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I worked for less than a year: Do I still need to submit a tax return?

Posted 10 November 2017

I worked for less than a year: Do I still need to submit a tax return?

If you worked for less than a year, you may be confused as to whether or not you are required to submit a tax return. It seems like a tedious task for someone who only worked for a few months of the year and was unemployed for the rest. However, the answer is YES, you must definitely submit a tax return, even if you’ve worked for less than twelve months.

The reason is that, if you only worked for a few months of the year and paid tax, it's likely that you are due a refund. Read some other reasons here, why we recommend you always submit a tax return....

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Finding your way around an IRP5

Posted 2 November 2017

Finding your way around an IRP5

Consult the image above to find all the tax-related information on your IRP5 that you will need when completing your annual tax return.

  1. PAYE number
  2. Income source codes
  3. Non-taxable income - source code 3696
  4. Gross Employment Income (taxable) – source code 3699
  5. Deduction source codes
  6. PAYE – source code 4102
  7. PAYE tax on lump sum benefit – source code 4115
  8. Employee and employer UIF contribution &...


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Finding your way around an IRP5

Posted 2 November 2017

Finding your way around an IRP5

 Consult the image above to find all the tax-related information on your IRP5 that you will need when completing your annual tax return.

  1. PAYE number
  2. Income source codes
  3. Non-taxable income - source code 3696
  4. Gross Employment Income (taxable) – source code 3699
  5. Deduction source codes
  6. PAYE – source code 4102
  7. Employee and employer UIF contribution – source code 4141
  8. Employer SDL contributio...


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Finding your way around an IRP5

Posted 2 November 2017

Finding your way around an IRP5

 Consult the image above to find all the tax-related information on your IRP5 that you will need when completing your annual tax return.

  1. PAYE number
  2. Income source codes
  3. Non-taxable income - source code 3696
  4. Gross Employment Income (taxable) – source code 3699
  5. Deduction source codes
  6. PAYE – source code 4102
  7. Employee and employer UIF contribution – source code 4141
  8. Employer SDL contributio...


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Finding your way around an IRP5

Posted 2 November 2017

Finding your way around an IRP5

Consult the image above to find all the tax-related information on your IRP5 that you will need when completing your annual tax return.
  1. PAYE number
  2. Income source codes
  3. Non-taxable income - source code 3696
  4. Gross Employment Income (taxable) – source code 3699
  5. Deduction source codes
  6. PAYE – source code 4102
  7. PAYE tax on lump sum benefit – source code 4115
  8. Employee and employer UIF contribution – ...


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Finding your way around a SARS IRP5

Posted 2 November 2017

Finding your way around a SARS IRP5

Consult the image above to find all the tax-related information on your IRP5 that you will need when completing your annual tax return.
  1. PAYE number
  2. Income source codes
  3. Non-taxable income - source code 3696
  4. Gross Employment Income (taxable) – source code 3699
  5. Deduction source codes
  6. PAYE – source code 4102
  7. PAYE tax on lump sum benefit – source code 4115
  8. Employee and employer UIF contribution – ...


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Navigating your way around your IRP5

Posted 2 November 2017

IRP5 documents come in all sorts of formats. Luckily there are only a handful of companies that produce IRP5s, so most of them follow a similar format.

Click on the format that matches your IRP5 below and we will show you where to find all the amounts you need for your tax return.


OPTION 1: SARS format

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Ways to get your IRP5 from your employer, if you haven't yet received it.

Posted 24 October 2017

Ways to get your IRP5 from your employer, if you haven't yet received it.

You may be employed by someone, but for one reason or another- you don't receive an IRP5 and no amount of begging of pleading will result in one being produced. If you're one of these “IRP5-less” individuals, this shouldn’t keep you from completing your tax return don’t despair or give up on completing your tax return. There’s a few reasons why you people often find themselves without their IRP5 and we’ve highlighted these below for you, 
read on to find out if any of these apply to you and if so, what to do about it....

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How home office deduction impacts Capital Gains Tax

Posted 13 October 2017

How home office deduction impacts Capital Gains Tax

With “flexible” employment being the new buzzword, more and more people are working part or all of the week from an office in their home. Eliminating the daily commute, saves staff valuable time in their day which they can put to good use from the comfort of their own house.

Home office expenses qualify as a tax deduction if various conditions are met. This means they reduce taxable income and ultimately your tax liability. However, not just anyone qualifies to deduct his or her home office expenses...

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Who's (Legally) Allowed to File Your Tax Return?

Posted 12 October 2017

Tax isn’t the easiest of subjects to navigate. Besides the long list of legalese to master, there’s the fact that tax legislation evolves year on year. What was applicable on your tax return 2 or 3 years ago, isn’t necessarily valid on your next, and what’s right this year, may change next season.

It’s unsurprising then, that when faced with the daunting task of filing their annual tax return, many people turn to a friend, colleague or trusted broker to help them out, in the hope that they’re more proficient...

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Alert: file by 24 November or face heavy fines and potential legal action!

Posted 4 October 2017

Alert: file by 24 November or face heavy fines and potential legal action!

SARS has recently announced that it will be clamping down on taxpayers who miss the deadline to submit their tax return. Besides stating that they will carry out monthly fines for each tax return that is filed late, they have even gone so far as threatening criminal prosecution and time behind bars for unpaid tax debt.

This message, from SARS, comes in the wake of reports that it missed its first quarter tax collection target by R13.1 billion and if the trend continues, it will miss its overall revenue collection target by about R50 billion for 2017. ...

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The most common and often forgotten tax deductions

Posted 27 September 2017

The most common and often forgotten tax deductions

While many taxpayers are often faced with the tax deductions dilemma, many are well on fortunate to claim just about anything they can. A lot of unknown deductions are often missed because of this, people then lose out on the funds which are due to them. Imagine what an extra bit of information could do for your claims. Below are the most common claimed deductions, which are regularly forgotten too.

Sweat the stationery 

Have you ever found that...

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Why refund/tax liability estimations may differ from your final SARS ITA34 assessment

Posted 14 September 2017

TaxTim and SARS use all the financial information you provide to work out the most accurate estimate of your potential refund (or tax liability) for the current tax season. However, there may be some information we don’t have access to, or information from prior years we don’t know about, that won’t be included in the estimate of your tax refund or tax liability. Just like the SARS eFiling tax calculator, TaxTim doesn’t take into acco...

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HELP: SARS has requested me to submit an IT14SD

Posted 13 September 2017

After you have submitted the Company tax return (ITR14), SARS may request you to complete an IT14SD.

The purpose of the IT14SD is to reconcile the information on the ITR14 to the VAT and PAYE submissions made during the year. The VAT information is made bi-monthly on the VAT 201 and the PAYE submission is made every month on the EMP201.

Below are some reasons why there may be reconciling differences between the ITR14 and the PAYE and VAT submissions. Remember, you only need to...

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The Tax Indaba 2017

Posted 28 August 2017

The Tax Indaba 2017

The Tax Indaba is the largest annual gathering of tax practitioners, in-house tax staff members, government tax officials and tax academics. The Tax Indaba aims to involve all tax professional bodies in South Africa in order to add new variety and talent to benefit tax professionals who are seeking to refresh their knowledge and to learn about new tax-related developments.

To ensure continued relevance, the event is put together with the assistance of the whole tax community. The fiv...

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Unpacking the seemingly complex: Part-time and Casual Workers

Posted 22 August 2017


One of the most often-misunderstood things is how tax on part-time and casual workers actually gets calculated. A topic often sparking a lot of debate, causing confusion too. A lot of people are taking on more than one job- if that isn’t already their only job- others opting for the part-time or casual work positions. Initially, whether you’re working as a full or part time employee you’re inclined to pay tax, SARS has noted out points which one should follow ...

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Delivery from SARS: Retirement Contributions Letter

Posted 22 August 2017

Delivery from SARS: Retirement Contributions Letter

So, you’ve recently submitted your tax return, received your assessment and were probably breathing a sigh of relief to be finished with the tax filing process for this year… then suddenly out of the blue you receive a confusing letter (**see bottom of page) referring to a “retirement contribution carry over balance”. You probably don’t even contribute to a retirement fund (i.e Pension, Provident or Retirement Annuity) which ends up making this letter seem even more confusing....

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HELP: SARS issued me with a penalty for old tax returns

Posted 10 August 2017

HELP: SARS issued me with a penalty for old tax returns

So, you’ve recently submitted your tax returns and shortly after you’ve done that you receive a message informing you about admin penalties that have been charged against you. This has come as a shock, if not a concern, to many taxpayers. Thus, we’ve been inundated with a whole lot of questions from taxpayers asking about these penalties which have been charged against them. Fortunately, you’ll be able to work through these sudden charges. Below we’ve highlighted things you need to know as well as ways in which you can handle these penalties. ...

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The 3 R's: Returns, Rebates and Refunds Explained

Posted 6 August 2017

The 3 R's: Returns, Rebates and Refunds Explained

When it comes to tax jargon, most people prefer to bury their heads in the sand instead of trying to understand all the confusing terms that tax practitioners use. Taxpayers just want to do their tax quickly and easily, and if they’re due - receive some money back from SARS. A lot of confusion surrounds the process, but by understanding three simple terms you can make tax season a little bit easier.

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How Long do I have to wait for my tax refund? Typical Waiting Periods from SARS

Posted 2 August 2017

How Long do I have to wait for my tax refund? Typical Waiting Periods from SARS

Like in previous years, there have always been opening tax season niggles and 2017 has been no different. Patience is a virtue, so the adage goes. And when it comes to waiting for responses from most government departments, they can certainly put your skills of tolerance to the test. Our helpdesk is inundated with questions about how long SARS will take to react or respond to certain requests or submissions. The short answer is ‘typically, quite a while’. You can imagine that during their busy filing season there are hundreds of thousands of documents being processed and not all administration can be automated...

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Foreign Employment Tax Proposal

Posted 27 July 2017

Foreign Employment Tax Proposal

It seems like the tax season, this year, has brought about more changes and proposals than we could’ve ever imagined. In July 2017, the National Treasury announced further proposals to the Foreign Employment Exemption changes already announced in the February budget (see foreign employment blog). There has been a huge amount of confusion amongst taxpayers in South Africa and mainly those expats working out of South Africa....

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SARS ITR12 Updates

Posted 19 July 2017

As you may be aware, SARS has implemented a few changes to the format of the tax return this year. One such change is the requirement for taxpayers to enter more details relating to their policies in the Medical and Retirement section.  The source codes used for 2017 have also had their fair share of changes too.

With that said, SARS recently highlighted some issues and technical hiccups on the new tax return relating to these updates. Below is a 'step-by-step' guide on how SARS would want you to handle these updates:

1...

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How to calculate totals under source codes 3696 and 3699 for 2017

Posted 14 July 2017

How to calculate totals under source codes 3696 and 3699 for 2017

Perhaps you just tried to submit your tax return and you instantly got an error relating to 3696 and 3699. As frustrating as it could be, don’t worry the error can be fixed. Maybe, you might have just simply left an amount out. Let’s have a look at what you should do, in order to crack these codes correctly – in that way making filing much more easier for you.

You’ll need to check your IRP5 to make sure you answered TaxTim's questions for these amounts correctly. Your IRP5 can show one or more amounts with source codes describing the income you received from your employer that year. ...

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Section 12H Learnership Allowance

Posted 30 June 2017

Section 12H Learnership Allowance

Training and development for employees plays a vital role in the growth and success of your business. But, finding affordable and correct tools might be where the concerns start creeping in. Suddenly you’re left thinking… “They’ll learn on the job. Resources are limited.”
Fortunately, you’d be pleased to know that the learnership allowance is intended to be an incentive for employers to encourage skills development within their workforce, with the hope to create jobs and economic growth....

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235 DAYS
LEFT OF
TAX SEASON
2017


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!

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