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Don't file your tax return before 1 July on SARS eFiling



During the 2022 tax year, many tax returns were rejected by SARS.  Most of these tax returns related to issues with auto assessments where taxpayers had missed their 40 day deadline to file,  however a number of rejections were also because taxpayers filed their tax returns on eFiling before tax season had officially opened.

There are only three specific in...

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How to cash out your retirement annuity after emigrating from South Africa



Retirement annuities are tax-smart investments that help you to save for life after your nine-to-five. You generally can’t withdraw these funds before you turn 55, but you may be able to do so if you’ve emigrated from South Africa.

 

What is a retirement annuity?

A retirement annuity – or RA for short – is an investment vehicle designed to help people living and working in South Africa save towards retirement. It can be used as a...

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I have received a SARS admin penalty - what do I do now?



SARS have recently become a lot stricter about levying administrative penalties. These are penalties for missing the deadline to submit your tax return. You can read about these recent changes in the law here.

2022 tax season:

Non-Provisional Taxpayers: your deadline to submit your 2022 tax return was 24 October 2022. If you missed this deadline, it is very likely that SARS would have issued you an administrative penalty for every month that you are late...

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Payment for asking a Tax Question



Why am I receiving a request for payment for asking a tax question?

During the process of assisting taxpayers with the completion and submission of their tax return, we sometimes receive tax related questions to our Helpdesk which fall beyond the scope of the tax return and therefore requires some more of our time. This is because documents may need to be reviewed or calculations to be performed or even in some cases, external experts to be consulted.

For this reason, you may receive a request for a payment in response to your tax question...

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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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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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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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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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SARS repeat reminders for supporting documents



If you received another email from TaxTim requesting SARS supporting documents, but you already sent these to SARS more than 21 business days ago, one of these four scenarios might be the reason you are still waiting:

Scenario 1:

You submitted the documents directly on SARS eFiling yourself, but you did not inform TaxTim. In this case, our system needs to be updated to reflect that you already submitted your documents.

Please log into your TaxTim profi...

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Provisional Taxpayers:  Unpacking Your Tax Season Deadline



Tick-tock, time is running out for non-provisional taxpayers to submit their 2022 tax return. The filing deadline of 24 October 2022 is just around the corner.

Provisional Taxpayers: your tax return filing deadline is 23 January 2023. Breathe easy.

If you ‘think’ you are a Provisional Taxpayer, we strongly suggest you make 100% sure you me...

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SARS has introduced a new online travel declaration system for South Africans & its residents.



The South African Revenue Service (SARS) says it will implement an "online traveller declaration system" that will go into effect on November 1, 2022. According to SARS, the new system will be applicable to all South Africans travelling abroad and says that it will simplify passenger movement at South African airports.

According to SARS, the system's goal is to collect travel information and in exchange, grant a traveller pass via email. It requires that all South Africans and residen...

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How to inform SARS that you ceased to be a South African Tax Resident



Step 1: Please log into your SARS eFiling profile

Step 2: Click on "Home" on the top menu

Step 3: Click on "SARS Registered Details" and then on "Maintain SARS Registered Details" on the l...

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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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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. 

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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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