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Tax rules for foreign income for SARS?

Posted 19 January 2016 under Tax Questions



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Expat says:
15 January 2016 at 22:21

Please advise the tax rules for working outside of SA? No income is earned in SA only abroad.

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
16 January 2016 at 23:37

Do you live outside SA or in SA?


Expat says:
17 January 2016 at 10:10

I live in SA, just temporarily working outside of SA

For my tax return would the invoices I raised be sufficient to prove the foreign income earned?


TaxTimTaxTim says:
18 January 2016 at 9:49

Yes, that would be sufficient. If you receive the payment in RANDS then you would use that amount as your declarable income. If however you receive income in foreign currency then please make use of the SARS Exchange Rates to work out what needs to be declared.


Expat says:
18 January 2016 at 21:11

Thank you for your help.

How would SARS know that I was out of the country for over 183 days? Do I have to prove this?

If income is exempt only after 183 days and a tax assessment comes in between 183 days, how do I deal with this?


TaxTimTaxTim says:
19 January 2016 at 8:33

No need to apologise for any questions. Please can you tell me exactly how many days you were out of SA for?

Please also answer the questions on Can I claim a portion of my foreign income as exempt?foreign


Expat says:
19 January 2016 at 8:58

I have a 6 month contract outside of SA starting this Jan 2016. I'm planning my best toto stay out of the country for 183 days.


TaxTimTaxTim says:
19 January 2016 at 9:08

If you can stay out then your income would be exempt. When you complete a tax return you would need to either put this under Amounts Not Considered Taxable or if you are working for an SA company then they would need to put the relevant codes on your IRP5.


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