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Tax residency



South African expatriates who ignore their tax obligations will soon find themselves facing the wrath of the taxman in the upcoming tax season.

SARS has urged taxpayers including expats (South Africans residing outside the country) to urgently review their tax compliance status or stand the risk of facing major penalties or even jail time.

Originally, individuals were taxed according to a source-based tax system but from 1 March 2001 it has changed so that individuals will be ...

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Auto-Assessed Taxpayers Alert



SARS has given you just 40 working days to submit your tax return. If you received your auto-assessment at the beginning of July, your time to submit has already expired. Auto-assessments issued on 4 July 2022, expired on 30 August 2022. Count your work days carefully. SARS is applying this rule very strictly. If you do nothing, your auto-assessment will very soon become FINAL.

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How to submit a Request for Extension on eFiling



Step 1:

Log into your SARS eFiling pofile.

Step 2:

Navigate to your Tax Return which was auto-assessed.

You can do this by clicking "Returns" (top menu), then "Returns History" (side menu), then "Personal Income Tax ITR12" , then select the the relevant ITR12.

You will see the
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The new SARS auto-assessment



Step 1:

If you have been auto-assessed by SARS,  you may see the screen below when you log into SARS eFiling.

Please click on "View".

You may also see this screen:

Step 2:
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Why have I received a SARS refund, before filing my tax return?



This year, SARS has once again ‘auto-assessed’ a large number of taxpayers. They have done this using data that they have received from 3rd parties, such as employers, financial institutions, medical schemes and retirement fund administrators. 

If you have been auto-assessed, you should receive an email or SMS from SARS within the first few weeks of July. If your auto-assessment shows that you are due a tax refund, we are seeing SARS pay out these refu...

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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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What you need to know about SARS auto-assessments




What is an auto-assessment?

This is an automatic assessment issued by SARS to certain taxpayers.

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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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New SARS Deadlines for Auto-Assessments



From 1 July to 4 July, SARS aims to issue auto-assessments to taxpayers who are due a refund.

The rest will be issued in batches up to 24 July.

Timing is Everything

If you receive an auto-assessment, you will have just 40 working days to request a tax return on TaxTim (or eFiling), complete and submit it. If you take no action within the ...

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Tax Season 2022



The 2022 filing season opens on 1 July.  Tick tock. That’s just around the corner.

It is important to be aware that the season is shorter than prior years. This means that SARS are giving you less time to file your return.

Important Filing Deadlines

24 October 2022: non-provisional taxpayer (i.e. salaried employees)

23 January 2023: provisional taxpayer (i.e self-employed, rental earners, freelancers, etc)

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SARS penalties: strict rules for 2022



SARS is warning that those who fail to submit their tax return on time, will face harsh penalties. The period of leeway which applied to 2021 has now passed.

SARS announced a change to their legislation in December 2021 whereby they would levy administrative penalties to taxpayers who missed the filing deadline for one or more tax returns. Prior to this change, taxpayers only paid penalties when two or more returns were outstanding. 

As a...

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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 that won’t be included in the estimate of your tax refund or tax liability.

Information from previous tax seasons

Just like the SARS eFiling tax calculator, TaxTim doesn’t take into account provisional tax ...

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9 Steps to File an Objection to Your Tax Assessment




You’ve been diligent with your tax obligations, you’ve paid your PAYE (employees tax) each month without fail, you’ve kept all the supporting documents for your deduction claims and you’ve carefully filled out your tax return, making sure you’ve put all the right amounts in all the right places, against all the right codes. (Pssst, if you used TaxTim to help you complete your tax return you wouldn’t have had to worry about all the right places and codes tha...

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Digging into the detail of Building Allowances



The cement is all used up and the bricks have been laid exactly where they need to be. A huge sigh of relief because… finally, construction and renovations are complete! And, just when you thought the worry was over, you realise that the differences between the building allowance and renovations aren’t clear to you. “Aren’t they all the same?” is the question lingering in your head. Don't fret, below is a breakdown of the exact clarity you’re looking for. ...

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Tax Free Savings Accounts: Everything You Need to Know



As a nation, South Africa does rather poorly on the savings front. With the majority living near or below the breadline, there’s not much to save when you’re more concerned with just getting through the month. Our high levels of consumer-debt, combined with little in the way of personal savings, means we become financial burdens on the government in the long-run...

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Do You Need to Ring-Fence Your Business or Rental Losses for Tax?



When pursuing a business activity, trade or renting out a property, you’re no doubt doing so to make some money, but the reality for self-starters

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Renting out your home and the effect on capital gains tax




 Our Helpdesk receives lots of questions from home sellers who rented out their primary residence for some of the

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The Deduction of Home Office Expenditure




Nowadays, work culture has evolved massively and “Flexible employment” has become the new buzzword. This is especially relevant at the moment, where many employees are still working from home due to the global Corona virus outbreak of 2020.

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The Less Common Tax Deductions




We’re aware that sometimes taxpayers may not understand all of the deductions which appear on the tax return. And because of this, expenses that could have been deducted get missed. To help make things easier for you, we’ve explained some of these less understood tax deductions which may be overlooked by taxpayers.  They all appear in the Other Deductions section of the ITR12.

The s11(nA) and s11(nB)
If an employee is in breach of an agreement with their employer, they may be asked to pay back a benefit they received from them e.g bonus, maternity leave benefit, bursary, sign on bonus etc. ...

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FAQ: Home Office Expenses




Flexible employment is becoming increasingly popular, many taxpayers spend some (or all) of their time working from home. If certain conditions are met, taxpayers are allowed to claim a portion of their office running costs as a tax deduction on their tax return. However, please note that SARS usually flags these returns for audit. If you do work from home, take a read of our home office blog and also check out our handy decision tree to make 100% sure you are claiming this expense correctly.

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Where can I get my Medical Scheme Tax Certificate?



In order to complete the Medical section of your annual tax return, you will need a tax certificate from your medical scheme (if you contributed to a medical scheme that is!).

This certificate details exactly how much was paid to the medical aid for yourself and your dependents over the course of the tax year (1 March to end Feb). It also details how much money you paid for other medical expenses, such as medicines and doctors expenses, which you claimed for, but your medical aid did NOT cover...

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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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I work for someone, but did not receive an IRP5 - what should I do?




You may be employed by someone, but for one reason or another- you don't receive an IRP5 and no amount of begging or pleading

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How to cruise through a travel audit efficiently




Surely most of us love to travel, but traveling for business purposes is no fun when it comes to completing your tax return.

SARS has some rather onerous requirements, but as long as you know what you need, submitting your documents to SARS should be plain sailing.

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Tax Return Due Dates



There are various types of taxes with their own special return forms and deadlines.

Quick Summary



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