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3 Questions SA Expats Must Ask About Tax Residency

Access to current information has become the saving grace for expatriates. However, with the advent of social media platforms, came an accompanying surge of opportunistic advisors who unknowingly, and sometimes knowingly, mislead vulnerable expatriates in their quest for clarity, and in so doing, potentially harm their relationship with the South African Revenue Service (“SARS”).

2021 Tax Proposals Signed Into Law – 5 Key Changes

The President has given effect to the 2021 tax proposals by signing three tax Acts into law. On 14 January 2022, the President gave his assent to the Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Act No. 19 of 2021 (“Rates Act”), the Taxation Laws Amendment Act No. 20 of 2021 (“TLAA”) and […]

The ‘Silent’ Changes Affecting South Africans Who Are Emigrating

The transition from the old emigration regime to the current regime – ceasing of tax residency, came with some relief. However, there were some silent changes that went unnoticed. The most notable change has been the requirement of a SARS Tax Compliance Status (TCS PIN) for every capital transfer a Non-Resident/Non-Tax Resident makes to offshore.

Are You Ready For A Financial Emigration?

Those who were keeping their options open during 2021, should have a firmer grasp about their future in 2022. Many South Africans toying with the idea of emigration, will be ready to take the next step towards moving their lives to another country. But are you ready for a financial emigration? Here are some points […]

SARS’ New Letters of Non-Residency – Hidden Teeth

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has recently started issuing letters to taxpayers working abroad, confirming their change in status to non-residents for tax purposes. This is a somewhat peculiar development for expatriates who have previously ceased their tax residency, as they are now requiring an additional step to objectively support their non-residency as issued […]

Bad Advice Can Fuel Expat Misconceptions

Widespread misconceptions about South African expatriate tax legislation can land taxpayers in hot water with SARS, often resulting from inaccurate information from either tax practitioners or SARS personnel.