Top 5 Weekly Questions Posts in TaxTim's Blog

FAQs: Tax Directives




A tax directive is super useful when you earn commission, variable income or are going to receive a large bonus or a lump sum.

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FAQs: Tax Clearance or Tax Compliance Status (TSC)




1. I need an actual tax clearance certificate, but each time I apply I am sent a PIN. Can you help me print the certificate?

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FAQs: Retrenchment




Thousands of people have lost their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the disease.

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FAQS: SARS eFiling




Filing a tax return for the first time can be a daunting task. To get you started, we’ve gone back to basics

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FAQs: 'Other Deductions' that you may be able to claim in your tax return




There is a section in the tax return called ‘Other Deductions’ which often causes confusion for taxpayers

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FAQs: Travel expenses and Tax




Travel expenses and their tax impact are a complex issue for many. It’s no surprise that it’s a common theme on our Helpdesk.

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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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Top Questions on Tax and Marriage




We receive many questions from taxpayers about how to declare their income in the event that they are married in Community of Property (CoP).

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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 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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Top Questions on tax seasons




By now you would have seen the latest announcement by the SARS commissioner to increase the qualifying threshold for certain taxpayers

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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




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




It’s that time of the year again and employers are issuing their employees IRP5s for the 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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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



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



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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