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Why is SARS asking me for outstanding tax returns?




When did this happen?

Previously, assuming that SARS did not request any documents for verification and everything for the year was accepted

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Foreign Employment Income Exemption - What is it really?




This is the exemption is for employees that receives foreign employment income for services rendered outside of South Africa, provided that all the requirements are met.

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10 Ways to Spend Your Tax Refund




It’s tax season, and one of the most compelling reasons to file a tax return (besides the fact that it’s the law, of course) is the chance that you’ve

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Provisional Tax FAQs



What is a provisional tax?
Provisional tax is paid by people who earn income other than a salary / traditional remuneration paid by an employer.

How do I convert from a provisional taxpayer to a regular taxpayer? OR How do I de-register as a Provisional Taxpayer?
Your tax number stays the same, just make sure that it has not been deactivated. This has happened in some cases. You will also need to de-register as a Provisional Taxpayer (this won’t affect your tax number) You can do this on eFiling by going to the Home Tab and clicking Tax Types and de-registering there. This will mean you are only a "regular" taxpayer...

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Medical Aid contributions paid on behalf of a dependent



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Taxpayer's Full Name
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Special Economic Zones



Special Economic Zones (SEZ’s) are certain designated areas of a country demarcated by the government for special targeted economic activities. These are generally areas where business and trade laws are different from that of the rest of the country. The aim of these zones is to encourage increased foreign investment and trade, as well as job creation. This done by way of several tax incentives which are available to business which operate in SEZ’s.

They include the following:...

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How to calculate totals under source codes 3696 and 3699




Perhaps you just tried to submit your tax return and you instantly got an error relating to 3696 and 3699. As frustrating as it could be, don’t worry the error can be fixed. Maybe, you might have just simply left an amount out. Let’s have a look at what you should do, in order to crack these codes correctly – in that way making filing much more easier for you. 

You’ll need to check your IRP5 to make sure you answered TaxTim's questions for these amounts correctly...

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FAQs: Retirement funds and tax




At TaxTim, we receive many questions from taxpayers about retirement funds and tax.

One of the biggest benefits of contributing towards a retirement fund is the tax break.

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Covid 19: Unpacking the Tax Relief for Small Businesses




The national lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus is undoubtedly wreaking havoc on the economy.  Small businesses have been hard hit – many not knowing if they will have sufficient cash flow to resume operations when things eventually return to normal.

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FAQ's: Medical Expenses and Taxes




It’s not all doom and gloom when it comes to the rising costs of medical expenses. You can expect some tax relief if you contribute to a medical aid and if you spend a certain amount on ‘out of pocket’ expenses.

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Covid 19: What to do when you have to go to a SARS branch?




Quarantine. Self-isolation. Coronavirus. These are the buzzwords for 2020, and once it is all over, words we’ll probably never want to hear again. In light of Covid-19, TaxTim offers the safest way to handle your taxes - online.

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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 each month without fail. You’ve kept all the supporting documents for your deduction claims. 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 that’s all automated for you!) You file your tax return, somewhat impressed with yourself and, by your calculations, you can look forward to a reasonable tax refund amount. Then you get your assessment notification.

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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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How to Change/Verify Your Bank Details at SARS




SARS has recently issued a new guide with regards to updating your banking details with them. This was done in order to reduce the risk of refunds being paid into the wrong accounts and also to streamline the process, which has tended to be an onerous one in the past.

Change of bank details can be done:

  • in person at a SARS branch (During the pandemic, it would be best to make a telephonic appointment with SARS and then send them your supporting documents, SARS will cont...


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Sole Proprietor or Company: What's Best for Tax?



Getting a new business venture off the ground is an equally exciting and stressful time. You’re enthusiastic about getting your new product or service out into the market, but you face quite an administrative process to get it off the ground legally.

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Why don't I get a tax deduction for Out of Pocket Medical Expenses?




Tax season always throws up some interesting and confusing calculations, but for many, the most confusing of all is how medical aid contributions and Out of Pocket medical expenses are treated.

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Budget 2020: Unexpected Relief for Taxpayers!




The Minister delivered some good news to South Africans yesterday when he announced there would be no significant tax hikes

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Budget Prediction 2020: More dark days ahead?




All eyes will be on Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, tomorrow when he delivers his budget speech on Wednesday, 26 February to the nation.

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Overview on Tax Free Savings versus Retirement Annuity




By Rowan Burger from Momentum Investments

The benefits of saving your money are well known and encouraged by many financial institutions

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State of the Nation Address - SONA 2020



President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed South Africa for the fourth time on Thursday, 13 February 2020. The event commemorated the 30 year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

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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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Expat Tax




As of 1 March 2020, South Africans working abroad will have to comply with the amended laws on expat tax. Amendments to the Income Tax Act includes the exemption of taxes up to the first R1 million per annum.

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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 income earned (or at least a portion of it) for services rendered outside of South Africa borders will be exempt from income tax.

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TaxTim in People Magazine: Money Talks



 

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'Rejection of Revised ITR12' - but my return is already finalised!




There seem to be many confused taxpayers who have received a letter from SARS titled ‘Rejection of Revised ITR12’ which goes on to say that their revised return cannot be finalised because their assessment has already been finalised.

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