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Is SARS definition of 'taxable income' circular with respect to donations made?

Posted 26 January 2016 under Tax Questions


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Nick51 says:
25 January 2016 at 17:38

According to SARS, "Deductions in respect of donations to certain public benefit organisations are limited to 10% of taxable income (excluding retirement fund lump sums and severance benefits)". But taxable income is the difference between gross income and deductions, one of which is the amount donated. So the SARS definition is circular, and therefore impossible to calculate. Or am I missing something?

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
25 January 2016 at 22:53

For these purposes Taxable Income is before donations allowed.


Nick51 says:
26 January 2016 at 7:51

Thanks guys - much appreciated :)
Pity SARS themselves can't be a bit more helpful in their documentation - always dangerous to assume 'everybody knows that!'.


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