On the minds of many South African expatriates are the options which are available to them for tax relief in South Africa, given the many changes made to the tax laws in South Africa.
If you’re 55 plus and have emigrated or are intending to emigrate, you’ll still have to submit annual returns to SARS and pay tax on your worldwide income for the rest of your life.
South Africa has experienced a large brain drain over the past few years with many skilled South Africans emigrating. However leaving South Africa doesn’t mean you can forget your relationship with SARS.
As a South African millennial income earner, even if you’re moving abroad, you’ll still have to declare your worldwide income to SARS on an annual or provisional basis.
Introduction of Automatic Exchange of Information The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has discovered R400bn in offshore holdings owned by South Africans and is on the rampage to collect all taxes that it is owed on these assets.
South Africans who are already living abroad but have not yet properly financially emigrated need to be aware of the major benefits of taking the important step of ceasing tax residency to get their tax affairs in order with the SA Revenue Service (SARS).
South Africans living abroad who have not yet financially emigrated and cashed in their retirement annuity savings are concerned about the volatile rand exchange rate.
South Africans emigrating to greener pastures may be prevented from leaving the country – or worse – if their application for tax clearance is denied by SARS.
The process of financial emigration, which is the process that allows a taxpayer to formally place themselves on record as a non-resident for tax purposes with the South African Revenue Service (SARS), recently changed and came into effect on 1 March 2021.
Financial emigration is the process used by many South Africans abroad to formalise their non-resident status for both tax and exchange control purposes, and which is set to be amended, as mentioned a year ago in Budget 2020, and come into effect on 1 March 2021.