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Moving abroad and the taxman
06 Jan 2009
I'm more than impressed ... the accountant I hired to sort out my clearance charged me a mere R3 200 to sort everything out including my 2009 return. His service went beyond excellence and included hand delivery at the airport. It was worth every penny considering the considerable inconvenience he saved me. He had to go into SARS three times to get my clearance.
24 Dec 2008
If there is one very important thing I have learnt, it is the following: make sure that you and yours are all registered for tax in the town that you live in when you apply for your tax clearance certificate for emigration.

For some or other bizarre and unfathomable (not to mention excruciatingly inconvenient) reason, your registered office is the only office that can assist you with this very important step in your migration. This is the reason why hubby got a clearance with our family application and not me. I've been to the local SARS twice in the past week and called the call centre several times. Please note also that what the call centre tells you and what the staffers at the branches tell you contradict each other in a serious way. I've been told that I must go in person to the SARS office in Johannesburg to attend to this critical issue. Instead, I have appointed an accountant in Johannesburg to represent me as I can't face a 300km drive and queuing all day only to be sent home as they want something else from me that I don't have. I cringe to think what the bill is going to be, but I honestly think that paying money is the less painful option at this stage of the game.

I'm lucky, I can still drive to Johannesburg if I want to. I asked them, what if I was registered in Cape Town and they told me I would have to go to Cape Town in person! Would you believe it!

My newly appointed accountant has confirmed that only your registered office can do this for you but you can appoint a tax practitioner like him to do it for you. So save yourself plenty bucks and sort out your registered office ASAP and do not take no for an answer. I have been living in this town for just over 4 years and I have on occasion tried to change offices. The fancy firm of accountants I appointed a couple of years ago said it wasn't possible and it wasn't necessary as they submitted stuff at the local office for me and then it was sent on to JHB. A few months ago, when I visited the local SARS office they said it was not worth doing as all the files were being move to Pretoria anyway. Thanks for the gross, off the chart inconvenience guys!
19 Dec 2008
I'm so mad, I'm spitting snakes. Hubby has been attending to our tax clearances. After many phone calls and trips to the taxman and battles with the bank, he now has HIS tax clearance. He collected it yesterday and the woman who handed it to him said, 'Here's your tax clearance but there isn't one for your wife BUT THAT DOES NOT MATTER.' He was so relieved to get his that he didn't pursue that bizarre statement with her. Really nice being treated like a tax nonentity (heck, I'd love to be a tax nonentity and not have to fill in dumb forms all the time and pay tax!). So baby and I must trundle downtown to SARS this morning and find out what on earth is going on. Praying the queue isn't out the door again and that it doesn't take literally the whole morning again. Baby is really good but her patience only lasts so long and then she wants to start running around. Like I need this at this time of my life. Grrrrr!
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14 Nov 2008
Update: I have received a detailed reply in private. All I can say is get some good professional advice on this aspect timeously. You don't want to be caught with your pants down when it comes to SARS!
13 Nov 2008
Anybody got a clue what one is supposed to do with respect to SARS as a South African moving abroad on a temporary work visa like the 457 visa?

If I have no South African income, I don't want to be bothered with having to do South African tax returns. Mmm ... just remembered, I'll still have a few retirement annuities lying around this side which I guess will have a tax consequence.

However, I think lots of folks end up renting out their homes in South Africa once they leave (especially now with the bad market) and then obviously you'd have to account to SARS for this income.

Once we are settled that side, we hope to get a permanent residency visa. If I still have no SA income at that stage, can I get off the books of SARS permanently?

Guess I should just ask SARS myself ... !