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How Long do I have to wait for my tax refund?




Like in previous years, there have always been opening tax season niggles and 2021 has been no different. Patience is a virtue, so the adage goes.

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5 Reasons you Still Need to File your Tax Return




SARS recently announced that 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 2021. 


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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I submitted all my documents to SARS, They've asked again. Why?




We are seeing many cases where taxpayers submit their documents to SARS, wait 21 working days (sometimes longer) only to receive a second letter on eFiling which requests the exact same documents again.

The letter we are referring to here is the generic SARS document request which looks like the below:

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) thanks you for submitting the revised income tax return for the 2018 tax period.

The revised information still does not match the information in the possession of the SARS and/or the income tax return has been identified for verification in terms of the Tax Administration Act....

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Tax on Bonus Payments: How Does it Work?




For those fortunate enough to receive bonus payments as part of your remuneration, you’ll understand the

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What Medical Expenses Can You Claim Back from Tax




Medical expenses are nothing to sneeze at. Private medical treatment is increasingly pushing the limits of medical aid scheme

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Do I earn enough to have to pay tax?




Why must I pay tax, I don’t earn enough! Will I get a penalty if I don’t disclose all my income to SARS?

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The Tax Refund Myth: Why aren't I getting anything back?




Every year there arises a misconception amongst taxpayers that a tax refund or 'tax rebate', as it is incorrectly known to many,

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Promised a Guaranteed Tax Refund? Be Afraid - Be Very Afraid




Guarantees are pretty powerful – they’re used by leading manufacturers and retailers to gain our confidence and trust.

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Who's (Legally) Allowed to File Your Tax Return?



Tax isn’t the easiest of subjects to navigate. Besides the long list of legalese to master, there’s the fact that tax legislation

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How does Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) work?




You may have seen the word PAYE on your IRP5 payslip or heard it mentioned by your employer, but have no idea of its meaning.

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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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Medical Aid contributions paid on behalf of a dependent



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Taxpayer's Full Name
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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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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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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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I've never been audited before. Why now?




This is a common area of concern for many taxpayers who don’t know why they are asked to submit documents to SARS after they file their tax return.

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When Will SARS Pay My Tax Refund?



Hundreds of thousands of South Africans are filing their annual tax returns and everyday people ask us “when will I get my refund from SARS?”.

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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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What does a Completion Letter from SARS mean?



Completion Letter

You will receive a Completion Letter if all goes well and SARS is happy with your documents. This means that SARS is not adjusting your Original Assessment and if you have a refund due, it should be paid out in 7 working days (provided you have no tax debt due or outstanding tax returns from prior years). Similarly, if you owe tax to SARS per your Original Assessment, the amount you owe will remain unchanged.

An example of a...



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What to expect after submitting your tax return to SARS




As soon as tax season opens in July, many taxpayers rush to submit their ITR12 tax returns as early as possible, eagerly hoping for a nice refund.

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Foreign Employment Exemption Letter



COMPANY LETTERHEAD



Date
Employee's Full Name
Address


To Whom It May Concern,

Subject: Confirmation of foreign employment

This letter serves to confirm that____________________________(Name of employee) _______________________(ID number) is employed by __________________________(company name) in the capacity of__________________________(position).
He/she is contracted to work overseas in _______________ (country)  from ______________dd/mm/yy to ________________dd/mm/yy.  ...

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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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Letters you may need to provide to SARS



After submission of your tax return, SARS may request certain documents from you.
These may include a letter if you claimed any of the following deductions:


- Home Office
- Wear and Tear on personal devices used for work e.g laptop or cellphone.
- Foreign Employment Income Exemption...

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The 3 R's: Returns, Rebates and Refunds Explained




When it comes to tax jargon, most people prefer to bury their heads in the sand instead of trying to understand all the confusing terms that tax practitioners use. Taxpayers just want to do their tax quickly and easily, and if they’re due - receive some money back from SARS. A lot of confusion surrounds the process, but by understanding three simple terms you can make tax season a little bit easier.

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Audit FAQs



What is the meaning of an audit? What is an audit from SARS? SARS audit What is a SARS audit?
Being audited just means that SARS could be doing a random selection and checking that all the information submitted is the same as they have.

How long does it take for SARS to pay me after an audit? OR Payment pending an audit, how long is that? OR Payment still pending due to audit.
It can take anywhere from 24 hours to a few months. You will receive a letter of completion once the audit has been verified indicating if any changes have been made. You just have to sit tight and be patient....

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