Monday, December 22, 2014


PSIberDOCS.......Tax Rules Made Simple


Donations | Income Insurance / Protection Policies | Medical Aid Contributions | Pension Fund Contributions | Provident Funds | Retirement Annuities | Unemployment Insurance Fund
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Donations to Universities, Colleges, Technikons and education funds may be deducted up to a maximum of:

This is generally a tax return item.

As from 1 March 2007, Tax exempt donations were raised to R100 000 (previously R50 000) for individuals. Donations tax is payable at a flat rate of 20% on the value of property donated. 

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Allowances are paid by an employer to an employee to enable the employee to meet the cost of expenditure incurred on behalf of the employer. This generally forms part of the employee's taxable income.

Generally allowances are fully taxable on a monthly basis. The benefit is realized at the end of the financial year, when the employee deducts the actual expenses from their taxable earnings i.e. claim back the tax that has been paid on the allowances. The deduction must not exceed the  amount of the allowance. 

·          Business travel deductions against car allowance

·          Subsistence allowance

·          Medical Expenses according to defined limits

·          Pension and Retirement Annuity contributions

·          Donations to certain public benefit organizations

·          Expenditure against allowances of Holders of Public Office

·          Wear and Tear allowances on equipment

·          Public Office allowance

·          Uniform allowance

·          Tool allowance

·          Telephone allowance



Holders of Public Office Allowance | Subsistence Allowance | Travel Allowance | Cellphone OR Telephone Allowance | Computer Allowance | Entertainment Allowance | Transfer Costs (Relocation) | Uniform Allowance
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This is a non-taxable allowance if you are required to wear a uniform to work and receive an allowance to cover its cost, or if you are provided with a uniform. This exemption only applies where the uniform is clearly distinguishable from ordinary clothes.

Transfer Costs (Relocation) | Page 8 of 8 | Uniform Allowance

Fringe Benefits

The package you receive from your employer may include certain benefits apart from your cash remuneration. These benefits, as listed below, are known as 'fringe benefits'. For income tax purposes, it is necessary to place a monetary value on these benefits and include it in your taxable income.

The fringe benefit is only worthwhile if the taxable value thereof is less than the cost of the actual benefit.

 Fringe benefits are usually valued as follows:

Cost of the benefit to the employer                              5000
Less any amount paid by employee for the benefit   - 2000
                Amount included in taxable income             3000

The exceptions to the above calculation are:

  • Company car
  • Residential Accommodation
  • Holiday Accommodation
  • Low Interest or Interest free loan
  • Company paid Medical Aid contributions  
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You are regarded as having derived a taxable benefit, if you acquire any asset free or for less than its value from:

  • your employer
  • associated institution in relation to your employer
  • any other person by arrangement with your employer

Asset in this context refers to:

  • Goods
  • Commodities
  • Marketable securities
  • Property of any nature (other than money)

Value is defined as follows:

  • If it is not a movable asset, the market value at the time that you acquired it
  • If it is a movable asset:
    • your employer acquired it in order to dispose of it to you, the employer's cost price will be taken as the value
    • the asset was the employer's trading stock, the employer's cost price will be taken as the value. If it can be shown that the market value is less that the cost price, then the market value will apply.

The above rules do not apply to marketable securities or an asset on which the employer had the right of use before acquiring ownership thereof e.g. a leased asset on which the employer had the right to acquire ownership at the end of the lease agreement. If an employee acquires marketable securities or such asset, the value would be the market value.

Exempted from tax are:

  • The first R5 000 of the cost to your employer of all the assets (not money) presented to you by your employer during the tax year as awards for bravery
  • The first R5 000 of the cost to your employer of all the assets (not money) given to you by your employer during a tax year for long service, which is taken as an initial unbroken period of service of at least fifteen years or any subsequent period of at least ten years
  • Fuel or lubricants supplied by your employer for use in a motor vehicle of which your private use is a fringe benefit (see 'Right of use of motor vehicle')


Acquisition of Asset for Less than Market Value | Page 1 of 16 | Bursaries/Scholarships (Education Costs)


Gratuities (Lump-sums)
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A gratuity is a voluntary amount paid to an employee by an employer in respect of his/her termination of service.  Common examples are:

  • Retrenchment
  • Retirement
  • Resignation / Discharge

The first R30 000 of an amount, received by or accrued to an employee because of the termination of his services or because of the impending termination of his services within five years, is exempt from tax provided that:

  • The taxpayer has attained the age of 55
  • The employer died before retirement
  • The termination or impending termination (within 5 years) is due to ill-health or other infirmity
  • The termination is as a result of his employer having ceased business, or where he has affected a general reduction in personnel or  a reduction in personnel of a particular class

The exemption does not apply where the employer is a company and the employee was at any time a director or at any time held more than 5% shares of the company's issued share capital.

Please note that with effect from 23 February 2000, restraints of trade paid to natural persons or 'employment companies' are included as income in the hands of the recipient, and will be taxed as such.  The payer may deduct such payment over the longer of the period of the restraint of 3 years.


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