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Should I register as a provisional taxpayer for freelance work even if I have a contract position?

Posted 11 March 2016 under Tax Questions



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Tessa says:
8 March 2016 at 13:38

I have a contract with an employer for a minimum of 40 hours per month from April 2016-September 2016. They should be paying tax for me on this. I will likely be doing some other freelance work during this time (and for the remainder of the tax year). Will I have to register as a provisional taxpayer for the freelance work? And as a provisional taxpayer, when do I need to register for the 2017 tax year, and will I only have to pay tax twice per tax year, or still a PAYE amount per month?

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
9 March 2016 at 10:53

Yes, you need to register as a provisional taxpayer and pay tax twice a year on your freelance income.
Please read our blog on What is Provisional Tax? How and when?
Am I a Provisional taxpayer?

You would need to register as a provisional taxpayer when you start earning freelance income from which no tax is withheld. You will have a PAYE amount each month as well only if you earn a "salary" whereby tax is deducted by your employer.

Please Register for TaxTim and let us assist you with your provisional tax returns and tax return filings.


Tessa says:
10 March 2016 at 13:30

Thanks so much! This helped a lot!


TaxTimTaxTim says:
11 March 2016 at 9:39

Only a pleasure!


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