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3 work related expenses, where do I allocate them and how much?

Posted 28 July 2015 under Tax Questions


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Dallas says:
13 July 2015 at 12:55

I spent R4 085.53 on vehicle maintenance tyres, 25/08/2014. I spent R25 748.85 on cellular bills, at least 60 to 70 percent of this annual bill was work related (14/15). I spent R5 553.44 on vehicle insurance for the year (14/15).

My question is, where would I associate these expenses to?

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
13 July 2015 at 12:56

Do you receive a travel allowance or employer provide vehicle?


Dallas says:
13 July 2015 at 13:02

I do not unfortunately and just have a gross income.


TaxTimTaxTim says:
13 July 2015 at 13:09

Is it written into your contract that you use your car and phone for work? It would appear you have already submitted your tax return to SARS and claimed for depreciation which would be the business portion of the wear and tear of your car.


Dallas says:
13 July 2015 at 13:16

It could most definitely provide a letter from my previous employer that I used my mobile and motor vehicle for business purposes. The depreciation that had been calculated was the asset value of my vehicle (or percentage thereof). That depreciation excludes any of the 3 items included in my original question.


TaxTimTaxTim says:
15 July 2015 at 15:08

Unfortunately the other expenses would not be deductible, only the depreciation. How do you use your car for work purposes other than driving to work from home and back?


Dallas says:
15 July 2015 at 15:27

Use my car for home to work and visa versa, travelling to clientele on a daily basis however my salary is only structured on a basic salary without a vehicle allowance. Shall I request this be changed?


TaxTimTaxTim says:
19 July 2015 at 10:35

Yes you should ask your employer to pay you a reimbursive travel allowance for the work trips you do which if you are paid at the SARS rate and do not travel more than 8000km then you will not be taxed on.


Dallas says:
20 July 2015 at 11:14

I don't travel more than 8000km per month, and what would the recommended cash component be for a reimbursive travel allowance? Just need to know what aspects to cater for out of that figure?


TaxTimTaxTim says:
28 July 2015 at 4:32

This amount would be R3.18 per km for the 2016 tax year. If you travel under 8000km then they can reimburse you at that amount tax free.


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