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Business Training Costs for Commission Earners

Posted 19 November 2014 under Tax Questions


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Hi Tim - Thanks as always for an excellent service - I have been using TaxTim for about two years now.

My Question is regarding business seminars and training courses to further your working skillset. For instance I went on a sales training seminar voluntarily. I work as a commission-based sales executive. Can I claim the cost of this course back from SARS?

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
19 November 2014 at 21:57

If you are commission based then yes you will be able to claim these costs, provided they are on an upskill basis and not something like a degree or MBA type thing.

Thanks for the great words of encouragement!


Oliver says:
20 November 2014 at 0:29

Thanks so much for the answer

Please can you elaborate and let me know:
1. What classifies as an upskill basis?
2. What section do I claim them under (ie 4016 other?)
3. Can I claim the full amount (the full amount was used for my sales)

As always, appreciate your help


TaxTimTaxTim says:
20 November 2014 at 7:34

Yes you would claim these costs under OTHER and the full amount is claimable. Just keep your invoices etc. A short temp course would qualify, like a day or half day type seminar.


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