How to register an
external company for income tax and PAYE with SARS?
Q: I have a client whose company is based in the UK and they would like
to open up a branch in South Africa. All the revenue is received by the UK company,
however they need to employ 5 to 10 South-Africans to work at their local branch.
I would like to know what the procedure is to register this company with SARS
and which forms are required.
A: The registrations
are pretty much the same as those for SA companies. So an IT77C and EMP101 form
for companies would have to be completed and the required supporting documentation
must accompany the applications. You would have to go into a SARS branch with
the South African public officer (essentially the company representative in
South Africa). This is non-negotiable, even if you have a power of attorney.
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Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.