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Unemployed Periods

Posted 14 October 2019

Unemployed Periods

A few years ago, SARS introduced a new section onto the Tax Return called “Unemployed Periods.” Taxpayers are required to complete this section by entering all the times within the tax year they were not working.

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Top Questions on Tax and Marriage

Posted 10 October 2019

Top Questions on Tax and Marriage

We receive many questions from taxpayers about how to declare their income in the event that they are married in Community of Property (CoP).

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SARS terminates Tax Clearance Certificates from October 25th

Posted 9 October 2019

SARS terminates Tax Clearance Certificates from October 25th

From the 25th October 2019, the printed Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) will be substituted by the electronic Tax Compliance Status (TCS). This new digital version of the TCC allows for a more secure experience.

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File with TaxTim and WIN R10,000!

Posted 9 October 2019

File with TaxTim and WIN R10,000!

Want to win R10,000 in cash just for filling your Individual (ITR12) tax return for the 2019 tax year?

How to enter:

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TaxTim in Fairlady Magazine

Posted 7 October 2019

 

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Top Questions on Income that is not taxed

Posted 3 October 2019

Top Questions on Income that is not taxed

Exempt or non-taxable income refers to certain types of income, which is not subject to income tax.

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I've never been audited before. Why now?

Posted 17 September 2019

I've never been audited before. Why now?

This is a common area of concern for many taxpayers who don’t know why they are asked to submit documents to SARS after they file their tax return.

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When Will SARS Pay My Tax Refund?

Posted 16 September 2019

Hundreds of thousands of South Africans are filing their annual tax returns and everyday people ask us “when will I get my refund from SARS?”.

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Top Questions on Provisional Tax

Posted 13 September 2019

Top Questions on Provisional Tax

With the first provisional return still fresh in the minds of taxpayers, we thought it would be a good time to highlight some questions that were asked to our Helpdesk last month.

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Return Status ‘Filed through Branch’ " What Does This Mean?

Posted 13 September 2019

We’ve recently received many questions from taxpayers asking us if we physically went into a SARS office to submit their returns manually.

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Why does SARS require manual intervention to finalise my return?

Posted 5 September 2019

Why does SARS require manual intervention to finalise my return?

When a Tax Return is filed usually SARS issues an immediate assessment (ITA34), however sometimes they do need to do a further manual check on their side.

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Making payments to SARS

Posted 5 September 2019

Making payments to SARS

You have filed all your outstanding tax returns with SARS and when receiving your ITA34 assessment/ Statement of Account/ Penalty statement you notice that you owe SARS some tax. There are three main options available to you, if you want to make a payment to SARS.

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SARS asked for my documents again. Why?

Posted 3 September 2019

SARS asked for my documents again. Why?

We are seeing many cases where taxpayers submit their documents to SARS, wait 21 working days (sometimes longer) only to receive a second letter on eFiling which requests the exact same documents again.

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Tax on Pension Annuities

Posted 14 August 2019

Tax on Pension Annuities

Taking a closer look at why taxpayers may be required to pay in tax on pensions or annuities on assessment and how they can avoid a repetition of this each year.

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SONA 2019 - A Short Summary

Posted 23 July 2019

On 20 June 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the sixth parliament, and for the first time in years, we witnessed an uninterrupted SONA. And that is not the only first. For the first time, the SONA cost almost R2m, a staggering 47% lower than the cost of SONA 2018 and the lowest in five years.

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SARS has done a ‘simulated calculation’ for me " what does this mean?

Posted 19 July 2019

SARS has done a ‘simulated calculation’ for me " what does this mean?

You may have heard the recent announcement from SARS that certain taxpayers who earn less than R500 000 per year don’t need to submit a tax return. However, this only applies under very specific conditions so it is extremely important to understand these fully if you think you may be affected. You can read all about this rule here.

This year SARS are taking things one step further. They ...

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How to claim medical aid costs for a family member

Posted 19 July 2019

How to claim medical aid costs for a family member

At TaxTim we receive many questions from taxpayers who pay medical aid for dependent family members and who want to know if they can claim for this in their tax return.

When paying medical aid contributions for a ‘financial dependent’ the medical scheme fees tax credit applies in respect of fees paid by the person to a medical scheme.  This means that the person who is paying the medical aid will receive the medical tax credits, and not the dependent/member of the medical aid. 

Who is a ‘dependent’?...

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Some common (and sometimes forgotten) tax deductions

Posted 19 July 2019

Some common (and sometimes forgotten) tax deductions

Too often, taxpayers rush when completing their tax return, and then they miss out on some expenses they are eligible to claim. Don’t overpay tax by overlooking these seven common tax breaks.

Contributions towards a Retirement Annuity

Your contributions towards retirement funds are deductible for tax up to a limit of 27,5% of the greater of your taxable income or remuneration (to a maximum of R350,000 per year).  This limit applies to the total contributions you make to any Pension, Provident or Retirement Annuity (RA) fund during the year...

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Why is SARS requesting my supporting documents again?

Posted 18 July 2019

Why is SARS requesting my supporting documents again?

TaxTim is seeing cases where taxpayers who had already submitted their documents in early July to SARS are, around ten days to two weeks later, receiving a further two letters from SARS requesting documents again. The one letter is the generic letter with the long list of documents, which was originally issued, while the second, contains a more specific request relating to the taxpayer’s tax return. 

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What should I do if I have no assessment from SARS after having filed a return?

Posted 11 July 2019

Usually SARS issued an immediate assessment, however sometimes they do need to do a further manual check on their side. Often the reason for this is one of the following:

  • They are missing an IRP5/IT3a due to you having transferred a lumpsum between any retirement funds. For example if you changed jobs during the year or withdrew your lumpsum from a Pension/Provident or Retirement Annuity Fund then you should have been issued an IRP5/IT3a;


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How Long do I have to wait for my tax refund?

Posted 5 July 2019

How Long do I have to wait for my tax refund?

Like in previous years, there have always been opening tax season niggles and 2019 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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Why refund/tax liability estimations may differ from the SARS calculator and final SARS ITA34 assessment

Posted 24 June 2019

Why refund/tax liability estimations may differ from the SARS calculator and final SARS ITA34 assessment

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 account provisional tax payments, unpaid penalties, carry-over amounts from previous years and assessed losses...

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Top Questions on Tax Season 2019

Posted 20 June 2019

Top Questions on Tax Season 2019

By now you would have seen the latest announcement by the SARS commissioner to increase the qualifying threshold for certain taxpayers to submit a tax return from R350 000 to R500 000. Along with this news, came some changes to the tax season filing dates and deadlines.

Our help desk has been received many queries about these changes. Since the start of tax season is just around the corner, we...

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Top questions on Commission Earners

Posted 7 June 2019

Top questions on Commission Earners

Our helpdesk receives hundreds of questions from commission earners about how their tax is calculated. Many are also confused about which expenses they can claim.  Hopefully our FAQ will help other taxpayers who might be puzzling over the same issues.

1. I have a salary and earn a small commission; can I claim for my travel to and from work every day? (The commission is based on the sales that my team makes telephonically per month).

Should the commiss...

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Clarifying the tax return threshold set by SARS

Posted 4 June 2019

Clarifying the tax return threshold set by SARS

You may have seen the latest announcement by the SARS commissioner to increase the qualifying threshold for certain taxpayers to submit a tax return from R350 000 to R500 000.

However as with all previous years, this only applies to certain taxpayers and so it is very important to check if you are one of these.

The threshold applies to you only if you meet ALL of the criteria below:

  • You have worked for a full 12 months for ONE employer only and received an IRP5;...


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