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How can one claim a software subscription service from SARS?

Posted 23 December 2014 under Tax Questions



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How can one claim a software subscription service from SARS? More software companies are converting to software subscription services (either monthly or annually) instead of the traditional initial large amount.

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
5 January 2015 at 8:35

Please provide more detail of the software subscription and what it is used for?


Martin says:
5 January 2015 at 22:35

It's for graphic design software I use for graphic design layout work for my design business.

In the old days you bought software "of-the-shelf" and paid an once-off amount.

Now companies are turning to software subscription services whereby you pay either monthly or annually.

As with everything in life there are pros and cons with regards to that method.


TaxTimTaxTim says:
12 January 2015 at 8:00

The subscription cost that you pay monthly or annually will be written off in the year for which you have the expense - essentially you will just be recording the expense like any other and writing it off. So if you spend R10000 on subscriptions in the 2015 tax year then this is what will be expenses in that year.


Martin says:
13 January 2015 at 12:45

Ok, thanks. Even though it is Software? Is it still categorised as a software expense?


TaxTimTaxTim says:
13 January 2015 at 16:07

Unless you have developed the software yourself then it is still a normal expense in running the business. Such as if we were to purchase Pastel Accounting to use for our accounting services.


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