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Tax liability for monetary gifts from overseas

Posted 16 July 2015 under Tax Questions



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Nick Name says:
15 July 2015 at 17:37

UK citizen with permanent residency in SA. I work part time for which I get paid and also volunteer for a church for which I get regular and occasional gifts from individuals and churches in the UK and paid into my UK account, and occasionally transferred to my SA bank account.

I have been paying tax on everything on the advice of SARS for a number of years. Friends have questioned this. Am I liable to pay tax on regular gifts from individuals in the UK? Am I liable to pay tax on regular gifts from churches in the UK?

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
15 July 2015 at 17:43

Where do you live at the moment?


Nick Name says:
15 July 2015 at 17:50

South Africa


TaxTimTaxTim says:
15 July 2015 at 17:53

Do you pay tax in the UK, what work do you do from here for the Church? How long have you been in SA for?


Nick Name says:
15 July 2015 at 17:59

Starting a new church. Don't pay tax in UK other than on interest deducted from UK bank account and 14 years 5 years permanently.


TaxTimTaxTim says:
16 July 2015 at 11:33

The problem is that you are essentially working and receiving money. SARS would not consider these amounts as gifts and therefore you should be taxed.


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