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Financial Literacy Series Posts in TaxTim's Blog

How to start saving money




In these uncertain economic times, we all want to stretch our budgets a little further. With a few simple financial habits, anyone can save some extra cash each month. So, if you're ready to start saving but not sure where to begin, here are ten handy tips to get you started:

1) Track Your Spending

Keep an eye on where your money goes, and you'll naturally start spending less. Keep a record of your daily expenses and distinguish between needs and wants. Need...

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Getting your debt under control



By Debtline

Managing debt can be daunting, but it doesn't have to define or control your life. In South Africa, many individuals face the complex task of effectively handling their finances and debts.

Keep reading, and we’ll equip you with practical strategies and valuable insights to take control of your debt and financial future.

Let's delve into how you can regain control of your debt and finances and pave the way for a brighter future.

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A beginner's guide to investing in South Africa




You are doing well. You are earning enough money to cover your monthly expenses, and have some extra cash remaining at the end of each month. You could keep that money in the bank for a rainy day, or you could invest it, with the hopes of growing your savings significantly. This guide aims to help you understand why investing is important, how investments differ and what options are available to you in South Africa.

Why investing is important

Your money does not keep it's va...

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How to buy your first property




The thought of buying a house can be daunting. It might seem almost impossible when you are just getting started. But like any financial goal, you can achieve it if you understand what's involved, and break the process up into small, bite-size steps.

Buying your first home is also exciting! Choosing where you will live, how many rooms you need, what colour to paint the walls, and what furniture to fill it with are part of the fun. Use that excitement to get you through the admin involved....

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Tax and Marriage go together, like a horse and carriage




When planning your wedding, it’s highly unlikely that anything related to tax features on your agenda. However, when saying “I do” it’s very important to understand the tax laws associated with marriage because SARS treats income differently according to the type of marriage contract that binds you and your spouse.

Marriage in Community of Property

If you marry without an antenuptial contract, you’ll by default be married in community of property...

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What is Gap Insurance & why is it so valuable to have?



When you are in the process of selecting a medical aid, the question of adding gap cover to your plan is likely to come up.

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Navigating around your Capital gains tax certificate (IT3C)



If you have shares (financial instruments) , there is important information on your IT3C tax certificate which needs to be included in your tax return.

This will ensure your taxable income is calculated accurately with the correct capital gain or loss included. 

Do you have shares at any of the following institutions?...

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Navigating around your Easy Equities tax certificate (IT3c)





1. This is the gross base cost of all shares you bought through the institution. You must NOT use this value on your return.
To calculate the base cost of the shares that you sold,  you will have to deduct the profit / loss from the proceeds and then enter this amount in the base cost field on your return.

2. This is the proceeds i.e  the value that your shares were sold for. This amount needs to be entered as proceeds in the  capital gains section of your tax return....

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Navigating around your Allan Gray tax certificate (IT3c)




1. This is the proceeds i.e  the value that your shares were sold for. This amount needs to be entered as proceeds in the  capital gains section of your tax return.

2. This is the base cost i.e the costs attached to the sale of your shares. This amount needs to be entered as the base cost in the  capital gains section of your tax return....

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Navigating around your Investec investment tax certificate (IT3c)





1. This is the proceeds i.e  the value that your shares were sold for. This amount needs to be entered as proceeds in the  capital gains section of your tax return.

2. This is the base cost i.e the costs attached to the sale of your shares. This amount needs to be entered as the base cost in the  capital gains section of your tax return....

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Navigating around your Momentum tax certificate (IT3c)




1. Opbrengs/Proceeds i.e  the value that your shares were sold for. This amount needs to be entered as proceeds in the  capital gains section of your tax return.

2. Basiskoste/Base Cost i.e the costs attached to the sale of your shares. This amount needs to be entered as the base cost in the  capital gains section of your tax return.

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Black Friday Survival Tips




It's that time of the year again - Black Friday!

We'd like to assume that you've probably been inundated with nothing but sale specials in your inbox . While others have managed to plan ahead to ensure a pleasant shopping experience, other consumers will shop wildly and randomly during this highly anticipated sale bonanza. With so little time to spare we've put together 3 important things to remember this Black Friday:

1. Compare your options

Sometimes brand loyalism should be left at home...

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