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Tax free salary does not equate to tax non-resident

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South Africans living in the UAE (Dubai) or Quatar (Doha) not paying South African tax on their foreign earned salary,  in most cases will remain tax resident in SA.

The 183/+60-day rule only speaks to the (partial) exemption of remuneration from employment. South Africans will continue to pay SA tax on worldwide income from all other income, including most retirement fund income albeit that the retirement fund is foreign based.  Immigrant South African may enjoy some limited tax exemption on foreign pension, yet the SA retirement funds will indeed pay SA taxable retirement benefits, albeit that contirbutions were made from tax exempt foreign employment income.

Because of the 2020 tax year changes, allowing SA taxpayers residing and working in say UAE, Germany, USA and most other countires, will no longer enjoy full tax exemption on all their foreign sourced salary. In fact, as of 1 March 2019, the taxpayer’s tax exemption will be capped at R1m per tax year. This aligns the SA system with that of the USA.

Many expats now rush to tax emigrate from South Africa, all in an attempt to save the SA tax on the foreign income. in doing so the taxpayers may indeed trigger capital gains taxes on the tax exit placed on record, so late in the relocation process.

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FATCA in Afrikaans? BRS:AEOI? Is this Marmite on Toast you ask?

BRS: AEOImeans Business Requirement Specification: Automatic Exchange of Information

There is so many new tax acronyms, one can’t be blamed for not always knowing  the full phrase behind the tax acronym.

To guide you, we add a few new once, all from an SA perspective yet they are all well-known international acronyms or abbreviations.

Here they are, but it is not an exhaustive list:

  1. AEOI – Automatic Exchange of Information aka AEFAI as per SARS press release on BRS
  2. AEFAI – Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information
  3. ATO – Australian Tax Office www.ato.gov.au
  4. BRS – Business   Requirement   Specification or Direct Data Flow Channel Guide  aka SARS Modernised 3rd Party Reporting platform, used to report inter alia PAYE, VAT, Investment Income (IT3’s).
  5. CRA – Canadian Revenue Authority – http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-eng.html
  6. eFile – the South African online tax filing portal www.sarsefiling.co.za
  7. Excon – Exchange Control aka FinSurv- SA monetary laws administered by SARB
  8. FATCA – Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act – FFI and other tax offices dotted over the word reports on you to the IRS. An USA Act see http://www.irs.gov/Businesses/Corporations/Foreign-Account-Tax-Compliance-Act-FATCA
  9. FBAR – Report on Foreign Bank Account reporting – you tell IRS
  10. FFI – foreign (non-USA) financial institutions – FATCA terminology compare with USFI or FI that is USA based
  11. FinSurv – Financial Surveillance, previously known as Control or SARB’s Exchange Control watchdog
  12. HMRC – Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs – UK tax office http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/
  13. IGA – Model 1 and Model 2 intergovernmental agreements (IGA) or FATCA agreement between IRS and SA on the AEOI process using the BRS designed and implemented in the various IGA jurisdictions
  14. IRD – Inland Revenue – New Zealand aka Maori as Te Tari Taake
  15. IRS – Inland Revenue Services in the USA www.irs.gov
  16. MTP (SA) – Master Tax Practitioner in SA – the Who’s Who in SA tax environment 
  17. PR – Tax practitioner registered with SARS
  18. SARB – South African Reserve Bank, equivalent to the Central Bank in international terms www.resbank.co.za
  19. SARS – South African Revenue Service – www.sars.gov.za
  20. TAA – Tax Administration Act – South African Act dealing with C:SARS rights to administer tax acts
  21. USFI – U.S. financial institutions the internal US hold Co aka as lead FI reporting for all FFI’s in the FI Group

OK, you still lost? Need some more info on all the buzz words and your compliance risk and obligation? Feel free to ask the questions:

Ex-pat Pensioners enjoy Exchange Control Freedom

On our Exchange Control Blog we posted an interesting Exchange Control update (Circular 4 of 2014) refers. See http://wp.me/P4efR1-q

In short:

Ex-pat Pensioners residing abroad (not having formally emigrated) can now extract their monthly pension and retirement annuity income from South Africa (SA) without the need of a tax clearance certificate, despite living abroad as so called temporary non-residents.

TAX ISSUES

UK resident ex-pat pensioners must take note of their NDR status and the tax consequences of remitting SA pension to the UK.

UK, USA, Australia and New Zealand ex pat pensioners may need to avail to treaty benefits to extract their pensions tax free from SA.

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Tax consequences of packing for Perth

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The Sake24 Article on RA’s

Having read the very informative article one is left wanting some more facts on the deemed C G T (capital gains tax) on the assets not sold, yet left behind. The one nice thing as that CGT on immovable property is always payable on actual sale only!

No need to bond the immovable property to pay its taxes, but you may need to cash n a few shares or mutual funds!

More information on request

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General Exchange Control Comments:

 

It is election time in South Africa and suddenly there is an increase in the requests for formal Excon Emigrations.

Feel free to page to my other pages and read my comments on the benefits / process of formal Excon emigration

 

April 2009 Tax Diary

    1.                  Turnover Tax for Small Business

    Applicable to all small businesses with a turnover R1m and less (see full guide on TO Tax)

1.1               Apply before end April 2009
1.2               for tax year ending on the last day of February 2010
2.                  E@syfile  Paye (All Employers Take Note)
2.1               Commence April 1st, ends on May 30th
2.2               Download new software before you start
3.                  Stamp Duty Comes To And End
3.1               Claim refunds here
3.2               Replaced by the new STT (Security Transfer Tax) system –  read more here
4.                  New Comprehensive CGT Guide

  SARS web page or right click and download from here

5.                  New And Re-Issue of (Draft) Interpretation Notes
5.1               Income Tax
5.2               VAT
5.3               Other
 
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