New returns threshold is not a tax exemption, says Sars

By African News Agency Time of article published Jul 23, 2019

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The new threshold exempting individuals who earn less than R500 000 a year from submitting tax returns does not mean they are not obliged to pay taxes, the South African Payroll Association (Sapa) has clarified.

Last month, SA Revenue Service (Sars) commissioner Edward Kieswetter announced that the threshold had been increased from R350 000. This means those who earned below R500 000 between March 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019 are not compelled to submit a detailed outline of their income, expenses and taxes paid.

However, all those who earned more than R78 150 during that period are still liable to pay taxes, Sapa executive committee member Jetro Malapane said in a statement.

“Some taxpayers are under the wrong impression that if they earn less than R500 000, they don’t have to pay tax,” Malapane said.

“There is, however, a difference between the tax threshold and the tax return submission threshold. The tax threshold means that if you earn less than the tax threshold amount, you won't have to pay tax. This amount for the 2019 tax year was R78 150.”

Taxpayers earning below R500 000 must still submit returns if they were not employed for the full tax year, or received income from more than one source, contributed to a registered medical scheme or retirement fund, or if they received a travel allowance or the use of a company car.

“It is important that taxpayers understand the conditions under which they still need to file tax returns, and if they are unsure about any of the conditions, it is always safer to submit your return,” Malapane said. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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