Q: I have a client who is a refugee, that has been supposedly issued with an
Income tax reference number and has PAYE deducted every month from his salary.
I would like to know if this is according to tax legislation.
A: Foreign persons with valid passport numbers employed in SA can and must
also be registered for income tax by an employer on SARS Efiling. A SA ID
number is not a requirement in such instance, only when it is a SA citizen. In
such instance a country code of where the person is a citizen is also required
on registration. Please refer to pg. 8 of the attached guide.
Disclaimer: Nothing in this query and answer should be construed as
constituting tax advice or a tax opinion. An expert should be consulted for
advice based on the facts and circumstances of each transaction/case. Even
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not accept any responsibility for consequences of decisions taken based on this
query and answer. It remains your own responsibility to consult the relevant
primary resources when taking a decision.
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.