Meddling in Others’ Affairs: The Department of Home Affairs’ “Tax Policy” Amendment

The Department of Home Affairs’ (the DHA) recent amendments to Immigration Regulations are likely to spark controversy among South African taxpayers, especially expatriates working abroad, who are still diligently fulfilling their South African tax obligations.

Tax Planning for Repatriation: A Non-Resident’s Toolkit to Returning Home

With the euphoria of living abroad wearing off for many South Africans, a growing number of expatriates are drawn back by the allure of a vibrant cultural scene, inviting temperate climate, and favorable exchange rates.

Expats, You’re Using a DTA Across the Border; What About Your Precious Funds?

Expats, You’re Using a DTA Across the Border; What About Your Precious Funds

As of 24 April 2023, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) changed the rules by which taxpayers have to play when it comes to applying for funds to be transferred internationally. If you have not heard by now, SARS’ introduction of a new dynamic application called Approval International Transfer (AIT) is enhanced and involves a strict […]

DTA FAQs: Answering All Your Questions

Double taxation agreements (DTAs) are a familiar phrase to South African expats working and living abroad. However, for those who remain unsure, a DTA is an internationally recognised contract entered into between South Africa (SA) and another country, which regulates who holds taxing rights. As the name suggests, DTAs are aimed at the avoidance of […]

SARS Still Has Its Eye on SA Expats

South African expatriates who work and live abroad are cautioned to ensure their tax affairs are up to date, to avoid falling foul of SARS’ drive for full tax compliance. This is especially the case now that SARS has drastically turned its wheel to ensure the collection of all taxes due and payable.

“Exit Tax”: Detrimental or Desirable; What You Need to Know

When pursuing international career growth, and offshore employment, be aware that moving your person, without the requisite paperwork, will have you scoring bonuses in Belgium, but still subject to SARS in South Africa. In order to ensure optimal taxation, South Africans abroad must make use of either the Double Tax Agreement or Financial Emigration process […]

Demystifying Double Taxation Agreements - What South African Expatriates Need to Know

Demystifying Double Taxation Agreements: What South African Expatriates Need To Know

With the Covid-19 pandemic largely in the rear-view mirror, tens of thousands of South Africans are seizing lucrative employment opportunities abroad. At the same time, many of these expatriates are unaware that their hard-earned income is at risk of being taxed twice.

Flying Towards A Tax Saving_Double Tax Agreement Or Financial Emigration

Flying Towards A Tax Saving_Double Tax Agreement Or Financial Emigration

Having visited over 12 international locations in 2022, and engaging with South African expatriates, we can attest to a recent report issued by the United Nations which found that around 900 000 South Africans are already living and working overseas – and indeed, this may well be an understatement.

South Africans In Guernsey, Jersey And The Isle Of Man Are Low-Hanging Fruit For SARS

South African expatriates living in Guernsey, Jersey or the Isle of Man are under grave threat from the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

Ceasing SA Tax Residency In Countries That Don’t Offer Permanent Residence

To be released from their local tax obligations in relation to foreign income, emigrating South Africans must be able to prove to SARS that they have permanently left the country. But how can they do so if they are moving to a country, like the UAE in general, where long-term residence (for immigration purposes) is […]