Does a non-resident earning a SA-sourced subsistence allowance have to register for income tax?
22 April 2015
Posted by: Author: SAIT Technical
Author: SAIT Technical
Q: A seconded
employee from India will be in SA under a S11(2) VISA. He will be in the
country for a period of 3 months and will receive a subsistence allowance of R
50 000 per month. Will this be taxable in SA? Does he have to register for tax
and submit a tax return?
He has resigned from employment in India and will not be
receiving remuneration from India.
A: A non-resident
taxpayer will only be taxed on his SA sourced income in terms of SA local law
(s1 ITA definition of gross income). Where the same amount will also be taxable
in India you would have to determine whether the SA/India DTA provides taxing
rights to SA, and if so, what relief is available in terms of the DTA in India.
The obligation to register for tax is dependent on whether
the person is liable for normal tax in SA or is required to submit a return per
the relevant SARS notice. The relevant notice includes a natural person whose
gross income exceeds the tax threshold and who is not excluded by para 3 in
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