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Contract Workers FAQs

Posted 6 March 2017

Contracting Benefits vs Salary?
You will still be able to claim deductions for medical, travel and RA directly regardless of how you are earning income.

Contract worker and the tax effects?
Contractors are taxed if they earn above the threshold. This is the same as a full time employee. 

Tax Thresholds? 
For the 2018 tax year, anyone under 65 years of age earning above R75 750 will not pay tax. 

IRP5 FAQs

Posted 22 February 2017

What is an IRP5?
An IRP5 is the employee's tax certificate that is issued to him/her at the end of each tax year detailing all employer/employee related incomes, deductions, and related taxes. The employee uses it specifically to complete his/her income tax return for a specific year.

Do I need an IRP5?
Yes, you do if you were employed during the tax year.

Can I submit a return without an IRP5? OR Am I able to submit returns without my IRP5? OR Are you able to submit without the IRP5?...

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2017/2018 Budget - The rich are going to pay more, but what does that mean for the rest of us?

Posted 22 February 2017

2017/2018 Budget - The rich are going to pay more, but what does that mean for the rest of us?


Personal Tax Rates (rates below)

Individuals across the country, those qualifying above the new tax threshold of R75 750 (previously R75 000) will be paying increased taxes of R16.5bn (previously R5.65bn in actual tax increase) for the next tax year, most of this will be for high income earners, however. Taxpayers generally across the board will be earning the tiniest bit more money each year as their tax brackets...

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What is Turnover Tax?

Posted 23 March 2016

Turnover Tax is a simplified tax system only available to sole proprietors, partnerships, companies or close corporations with a “qualifying turnover” of less than R1m per year. These types of entities are called micro businesses.

As the name implies, Turnover Tax is a type of tax, which is calculated against the turnover of a business, as opposed to a percentage of profit (i.e. income less business expenses) as per usual business tax. This difference reduces the administrat...

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2016 Budget Speech: Welcome Back, Minister! You Couldn't Have Returned Just for the Free Lunch?

Posted 25 February 2016

The 24th of February 2016 was supposed to be a watershed moment for the Economy of South Africa. The old-new Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, was to deliver his budget for the 2016/2017 tax year and save South Africa from a financial pit-fall in the form of an International Ratings Agency downgrade. The jury is still out on whether or not this is possible. Immediately after the budget was revealed the Rand tumbled 2%, which doesn’t bode well for market sentiment. However, ...

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2016/2017 Tax Tables

Posted 24 February 2016

Income Tax Tables for the 2017 Tax Year - 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017


Income Tax Thresholds



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The Ins and Outs of Donations Tax

Posted 17 February 2016

Have you been the lucky recipient of a gift or donation from a generous family member of friend? Perhaps they struck it lucky on the Lotto and decided to share their winnings with you!

Or maybe you're the giving type and have donated cash, shares or even property to someone you felt deserved a little boost.

Irrespective of whether you're the giver or receiver of a donation or gift, it's good to understand donations from a tax perspective, and how to declare these to SARS.

Ready to find out?

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Why is SARS asking me for outstanding tax returns?

Posted 30 October 2015

When did this happen?

Previously, assuming that SARS did not request any documents for verification and everything for the year was accepted, refunds due were typically paid out quite quickly to taxpayers within 1-2 days.

From 2015, SARS has implemented a new requirement that ALL tax returns, since the first year a taxpayer registered for a tax reference number, must be submitted before any refund is paid out.

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SARS isn't paying my refund, they want my old returns!!!!

Posted 3 August 2015

Taxpayers this year are facing a new gripe with SARS when it comes to receiving those well-earned refunds. The current two scenarios are:

  • NO AUDIT: A taxpayer files a tax return, gets their ITA34 and does not need to submit supporting documents; or
  • AUDIT: A taxpayer files a return and in their ITA34 is requested to submit supporting documents, after which they receives a Completion Letter stating "no adjustment made".

In both these cases a refund should be paid out a few days later (if the taxpayer is due one), however thousands of taxpayers still have not been paid their refund. Here’s why!...

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SARS Tax Tables 2015

Posted 26 February 2015

Tax Thresholds:


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Thank you Minister - we expected worse! 2015 Budget

Posted 25 February 2015

New Finance Minister Nene delivers his first budget with some “better than expected” tax increases. The fight against corruption was highlighted with the minster announcing a series of reforms and procedures to be introduced both to curb corruption and make doing business with the state easier. The minister announced that R25bn would be saved in expenditure over the next two years, but R16.8bn is to be raised this year via tax increases and a remarkably large rise in the fuel and road accident fund levies. To be honest, we expected greater tax increases from the minister, thankfully he spared us some of the pain! ...

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What if I am not tax compliant?

Posted 22 May 2014

SARS, in their attempt to promote compliant taxpayers and maximise timely revenue collection, have traditionally imposed penalties for late filing of tax returns. In 2012  SARS upped their game significantly and imposed heavy fines for the following transgressions which still hold to today:

    • Failure to register as a taxpayer.

    • Failure to inform SARS of a change of address and other personal particulars.
...

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2014 Budget - A move to economic transformation

Posted 26 February 2014

In delivering what could possibly be his last annual budget and perhaps in an election year a very pragmatic one, Minister Pravin Gordhan painted a rather positive picture for the future of South Africa, whilst at the same time warning of the impact the global economy is having on the South African economy. He too, had a “good story” to tell of how well managed the economy is and how we have survived the economic downturn of the last half decade. The minister, like his predecessors b...

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Medical Aid Tax 2014 - How SARS' new changes affect YOU!

Posted 24 February 2014

In 2012 SARS began making changes to how medical expenses were treated for tax purposes. The system at that time created a higher benefit for deducted medical expenses if you earned a high income (bad news for low income earners) and the changes since then have sought to make medical deductions more equal across various income levels.

Basic summary of how SARS calculates your tax

Income Earned
Less: Expenses / Deductions
= Taxable Income
x SARS tax rate ...

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

Posted 30 July 2013

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. All it really means is that you are paying the tax you owe to SARS on a monthly basis instead of all at once at the end of the tax year, hence PAYE means 'Paye As You Earn'. This is a good thing as it saves the taxpayer from having to pay between 18% and 40% of their earnings (the taxable amount) to SARS in cash once a year as a lump sum!

Employers are required to withhold these taxes each month and pay them over to SARS on the taxpayer's behalf...

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SARS Tax Tables for 2014

Posted 4 July 2013

Tax rates for Individuals and Trusts
Income tax rates: Natural persons (that's you) and special trusts.

2013 tax year: 1 March 2013 - 28 Feb 2014.

Individuals and Special Trusts:



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Why don't I get a tax deduction for Out of Pocket Medical Expenses? Source code 4008 shows R0

Posted 3 July 2013

Tax season always throws up some interesting and confusing calculations, but for the 2013 tax year it would seem the most confusing of all is how medical aid contributions and Out of Pocket medical expenses are treated.

New to 2013 tax season is the Medical Aid Tax Credit. Now instead of your contributions to medical aid being deducted from your income earned in order to work out your tax, there is instead a tax credit against the actual tax paid...

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The effect of the 2013/14 annual budget speech on the average South African taxpayer

Posted 28 February 2013

It was with great enthusiasm that we at TaxTim awaited delivery by the Minister of Finance of his annual budget speech this afternoon, especially after some of the shocks experienced by taxpayers and tax professionals last year. Surprisingly he delivered a very mild budget in terms of individuals with the Minister stating, “No tax rises.” The main focus areas relating to tax in this budget speech were on compliance, tax evasion and big companies seeking to shift their income around the world in order to avoid higher taxes...

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SARS Tax Tables for 2013

Posted 18 January 2013

Tax rates for Individuals and Trusts
Income tax rates: Natural persons (that's you) and special trusts.

2013 tax year: 1 March 2012 - 28 Feb 2013.


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How to manage your tax affairs running a business in your own name as a sole-proprietor

Posted 1 October 2012

South Africa is brimming with entrepreneurs and small business owners who keep the economy running. These people may or may not be earning a regular salary too, but all of them operate a non-registered business in their own name - a so-called sole-proprietorship. In this blog post we will discuss how such a business pays tax, how it is taxed, and how to separate personal and business affairs to make tax deductions correctly.

To register or not to register as a company? ...

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What to do if your second ITA34 assessment says you now owe SARS money

Posted 6 September 2012

If you have ever survived a SARS audit, you may have been issued with a “revised assessment” or second ITA34 that doesn't make much sense. It probably says that you now owe SARS some money, despite being due a refund. Don't be alarmed though, if you read lower down the new ITA34 you will find that in fact you are still due a refund, only it is probably smaller than before.

For example:

First IT34A (before audit):
SARS says: "Your assessment has been concluded and reflects an amount refundable to you of R-16 636.10"...

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I'm retired at 65 years and older - what income tax benefits do I qualify for in retirement?

Posted 23 July 2012

It would seem that SARS often prioritises younger taxpayers who are still working and receive a constant flow of income. However for many older South African taxpayers over the age of 65 who have retired or are still working, there are actually quite a few benefits to enjoy.

Firstly at 65 the tax threshold above which you would even begin paying tax is higher, at R99 056 per year (in 2012 it was R93 150). What's more, those taxpayers who are older than 75 years of age get an even bigger break at R110 889 per year (in 2012 it was R104 261)...

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Do I earn enough to have to pay tax?

Posted 26 March 2012

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? These questions are common and usually include other sources of income such as interest from a bank account. If these earnings don't extend above the tax threshold then why disclose them and pay tax? Unfortunately while you may not have to pay tax on the income, you will certainly have to disclose it to SARS. Let’s assume you earn a salary of R200 000 a year and hav...

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South African budget 2012/2013 - "Tax by stealth"

Posted 23 February 2012

Eagerly anticipating the budget this year and forever the optimist, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan started off well: R9.5bn of individual tax savings and revenue collection up by R10bn from the latest estimates. However, for the individual taxpayer, things went slightly downhill from there... Let’s unpack this a bit.

Not all Doom and Gloom

Ok, ok so maybe I have been too harsh as only certain individuals (the richer ones) will actually be subject to greater tax, the lower end income earners will benefit quite a bit from the new tax changes...

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New tax credit to replace medical aid deductions in post 2012 Tax Year

Posted 21 February 2012

The 2012 tax year has almost come and gone, and being annual budget time, anxious taxpayers are unsure what to expect. Is there any room to be taxed further? All will be revealed on Wednesday the 22nd, but in the meantime let's focus on the new medical aid tax regime.

Gone are the days of paying your spouse's medical aid and claiming the deduction just because you are in a higher tax bracket. From the 2013 tax year onwards that deduction is no longer allowed. Instead it will be replaced with a tax credit per dependent. "What is the difference?" I hear the average taxpayer ask, and "How does it affect me?" ...

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