I am employed in South Africa, and I am a South African tax resident. I have the opportunity to do work for a Mauritius company. Essentially I will be on a South African company's payroll as well as a Mauritius company's payroll. I will be spending less than 60 consecutive days in Mauritius so I will remain a South African tax resident. How will my additional income from Mauritius be taxed? Will I have to pay PAYE in Mauritius and pay tax again when I submit my return to SARS? I have heard there are Double-Tax-Agreements between SA and Mauritius how will these rules apply?
You can inform the company in Mauritius that you are a tax resident of South Africa and you wish to have your income exempted from tax as per the DTA and then only be taxed in SA. They may not approve of this, but then if you pay any tax in Mauritius then you can deduct this tax against any taxes owing in SA.
Neosays: 3 February 2015 at 8:21
Thank you TaxTim, In the case that the Mauritius company does take PAYE, what documents would I need to submit to SARS to prove there was tax withheld in Mauritius? Would I use the average exchange rate, or exchange rate at year end when submitting income to SARS? and which source does SARS accept to calculate the exchange rate? (Oanda?).
TaxTimsays: 4 February 2015 at 8:14
They should provide you with payslips or a year end certificate, ask the company or the revenue services there to generate a certificate, they will know what procedure to follow. SARS has it's own average exchange rates, but if the money was paid into your SA bank account then you can use the Rand Equivalent.
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