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Top Questions on Provisional Tax

Posted 13 September 2019

Top Questions on Provisional Tax

With the first provisional return still fresh in the minds of taxpayers, we thought it would be a good time to highlight some questions that were asked to our Helpdesk last month.

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Top Questions on Tax Season 2019

Posted 20 June 2019

Top Questions on Tax Season 2019

By now you would have seen the latest announcement by the SARS commissioner to increase the qualifying threshold for certain taxpayers to submit a tax return from R350 000 to R500 000. Along with this news, came some changes to the tax season filing dates and deadlines.

Our help desk has been received many queries about these changes. Since the start of tax season is just around the corner, we...

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Top questions on Commission Earners

Posted 7 June 2019

Top questions on Commission Earners

Our helpdesk receives hundreds of questions from commission earners about how their tax is calculated. Many are also confused about which expenses they can claim.  Hopefully our FAQ will help other taxpayers who might be puzzling over the same issues.

1. I have a salary and earn a small commission; can I claim for my travel to and from work every day? (The commission is based on the sales that my team makes telephonically per month).

Should the commiss...

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How to lodge a complaint with SARS

Posted 28 May 2019

How to lodge a complaint with SARS

There are times when the call centre agent from SARS is unable to resolve your issue and you need to reach out to a more senior person at SARS.

You can request to speak to a team leader / operations manager or the branch / call centre manager and they should be able to assist you. Always remember to note down the case number for your call. If however, you're not satisfied with the outcome of the issue, you can lodge a formal complaint with an agent at a SARS branch or on eFiling (if y...

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Wear and Tear (Depreciation) Top Questions

Posted 21 May 2019

Wear and Tear (Depreciation) Top Questions

This week we zoom into Wear and Tear also commonly known as Depreciation. Below we've covered some of the top questions we've received from our Helpdesk. Take a quick read through our Q&As and see how your pressing depreciation questions can potentially be solved. 

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Top Questions on IRP5s

Posted 9 May 2019

Top Questions on IRP5s

It’s that time of the year again and employers are issuing their employees IRP5s for the 2019 tax year. An IRP5 is a tax certificate which shows the total employment income that you earned for the tax year, the total employment related deductions that were taken from your income and paid over to either a retirement fund (pension, provident or retirement annuity fund) or a medical aid and the total tax  (PAYE, UIF and SDL) that you paid...

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Tax Treatment for Uber Drivers

Posted 24 April 2019

Tax Treatment for Uber Drivers

If you are an Uber driver, you use your own vehicle/s to generate your income and you determine your own working hours, you will be treated as being self-employed  (i.e. an independent contractor) for tax purposes.

Since you do not earn a salary, you should be registered as a provisional taxpayer with SARS.

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Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Top Questions

Posted 16 April 2019

Capital Gains Tax (CGT) Top Questions

Below we take a look at Capital Gains Tax, particularly relating to the primary residence exclusion. What we’ve covered are some of the most pressing questions asked by our users on our help-desk. Take a few minutes to read the Q&As. Hopefully what has been unpacked in these Q&As will benefit and assist you with any uncertainties you might have experienced regarding this topic.

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Home Office Expenses/Deductions

Posted 9 April 2019

Home Office Expenses/Deductions

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 a 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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How to cruise through a travel audit efficiently

Posted 3 April 2019

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 and winnings

Posted 25 March 2019

Tax and winnings

It's always wonderful to win a prize or a competition – however, many people don’t realise there may be tax consequences attached.

This week we thought it would be helpful to remind you what to look out for, should you be the lucky recipient of one of the below:

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SARS and medical disability

Posted 18 March 2019

SARS and medical disability

We receive many relevant questions from our users about what they can claim as a tax deduction if they or one of their dependants suffers from a disability. This week, we will focus on this issue and hopefully help other taxpayers out there who may have the same questions.

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Retirement Funds

Posted 12 March 2019

Retirement Funds

This week we received some questions from our users on retirement fund contributions and the laws that govern it. We hope that this helps you as you start gathering your documents for the new tax season.

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Rental Property: Top Weekly Questions

Posted 4 March 2019

Rental Property: Top Weekly Questions

If you own a rental property, then this week’s top questions are specifically for you! Read on to find out more.

1. We paid off our home loan 5 years ago - nil balance due. However, we will have the loan available to borrow from as the term of the loan is not complete (we still have 90 months left).

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Top 5 Weekly Tax Questions

Posted 26 February 2019

Read on to see this week’s top five burning questions received to our Helpdesk this past week.  Hopefully this helps you too as we once again shed light on some common tax issues.

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Latest Top 5 weekly round up

Posted 18 February 2019

Once again we bring you our top five most-asked questions we’ve received to our Helpdesk this past week. Hopefully this may help others who have been puzzling over the same issues.



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