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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 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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5 Reasons you Still Need to File your Tax Return




SARS recently announced the 2022 tax season dates:

01 July 2022 to 24 October 2022: individual (non-provisional) taxpayers

01 July 2022 to 23 January 2023: provisional taxpayers

If you earn less than R500 000 in a year, and fulfill a series of complicated criteria, you may not have to file a tax return in 2022. 


However, we advise you to take GREAT CARE here, and understand your duties properly, because if you don't, you may suffer for it later on.

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should not  skip filing your tax return this season:

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Use of personal devices for work letter



COMPANY LETTERHEAD



Date
Employee's Full Name
Address

 

To Whom It May Concern,


Subject: Permission to use personal items for work purposes

This letter serves to confirm that _______________________________(Name of employee), ___________________________(ID number) who is employed by our firm ___________________( company name) in the capacity of__________________________(Position) has permission to use  the following personal items for work purposes:

 

Item: 1...

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Navigating your way around your IRP5



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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Home Office Letter



COMPANY LETTERHEAD



Date
Employee's Full Name
Address

 

 To Whom It May Concern,

Subject: Permission to work from home

This letter serves to confirm that _______________________________ (Name of employee), _____________________ (ID number) who is employed by our firm ___________________ (Company name) in the capacity of __________________________ (Position) has permission to work from h...

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The Public Servants Association (PSA) Notifies SARS of strike action



The Public Servants Association (PSA) served SARS with a notice of strike action on Friday, 13 May 2022. The strike is due to take place on Wednesday, 25 May 2022.

The union is demanding a CPI plus 7% across the board, while the National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (NEHAWU) demands an increase of 11.5%. The unions and SARS hit a deadlock as SARS unashamedly made a final offer of a 0% increase.

If there is no resolution at the Com...

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Your social media posts might flag you with SARS



According to SARS commissioner Edward Kieswetter, some South Africans who came into money were eager to “display their wealth”, giving cause for SARS to look into the income of these individuals.

In many cases, SARS found that there was a major disconnect between the income that was being declared and the type of lifestyle that these individuals were leading, according to third-party data. These include social media platforms.

As we already know, people are often i...

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SARS clamps down on crypto investors



For months, SARS has been clear about its plan to clamp down on crypto investors. While many may be under the impression that crypto is going under the radar, SARS is firmly taking the position that it is not.

With luxury audits being the order of the day, SARS is continuously looking into those who live luxurious lifestyles, particular those who own luxury cars and crypto assets, without declaring their income to the revenue service.

In many cases, this income pertains to the...

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I received an SMS saying I owe SARS, but I can't see it anywhere?



SARS have recently become a lot stricter with late filers and have changed their rules for administrative penalties. You can read more about these changes here.   There used to be some leeway for taxpayers who missed the deadline, but sadly these days are certainly over. 

If you received a notification of debt from...

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Top Tips to Prepare for the 2022 Tax Season



Ensure you have a tax number & eFiling profile

If you have not registered for SARS eFiling or you don't have a tax number don’t worry, SARS has made things a lot easier this year.

Getting a tax number is now as easy as registering on SARS eFiling. Simply click here and if you don’t have a personal income tax number yet, SARS will automatically issue ...

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Food for Thought on Subsistence Allowances



You’ve been up since 4am in order to catch yet another red-eye flight for a 9am business meeting - 1,400km away - and you’re already onto your third coffee by the time you board the plane.

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Why do I owe SARS more money?




Once you’ve completed filing your tax return, it’s possible to find that instead of getting money back

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Top tips for a successful home office claim



Let’s face it, SARS didn’t make it easy for taxpayers to claim their home office expenses this past tax season. We can’t blame them really - being faced with millions of newbie work-from-homers, they had to weed out the legitimate claims from the chancers.

At the start of the season, they made it clear that they would only allow claims for taxpayers who had a separate office at home, set up specifically for their work, which was used by them alone. The office could n...

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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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Tax Exemption for Foreign Employment Income : What You Need to Know




If you think earning an income from a global source isn’t taxable on home soil, I’m afraid I have some bad news. Whether you’re earning Dollars, Euros or Yen, as a South African, it’s more than likely you’ll have to pay tax on this income. This is because South Africa’s taxation system works on a residence-based tax system meaning we’re taxed on worldwide income.

There is, however, some good news!

Section 10 of the Income Tax Act offers a list of conditions where foreign remuneration earned (up to R1,25m) for services rendered outside of South Africa borders will be exempt from income tax.

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Latest SARS Scams, Phishing & Fake site alerts



As a taxpayer, it's crucial that you're aware of scams that aim to defraud taxpayers. The
festive season is almost here and every year, criminals use people’s financial desperation to
enrich themselves.

So-called ‘tax experts’ will contact you with promises of making your life easier by securing
a tax refund on your behalf. When you use their services, they pocket your money and
disappear, never responding to your messages and calls.

SARS has received a flood of calls from victims of this scam in the past and is warning...

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Provisional Tax Penalties




Seasoned provisional taxpayers – those people who earn income from sources other than, or in addition to a regular ol' salary or traditional payment from an employer - are all too familiar with the process of estimating taxable income and submitting provisional tax returns. Not once - but twice a year!

Yes, it's a bit painful (although TaxTim makes it super easy) but entirely necessary if you don't want to be lumped with penalties from SARS...

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