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I will be starting to work overseas, but have never worked in South Africa nor registered for tax. Will I need to register and pay tax while working overseas?
South Africa has a residence-based tax system, which means residents are, subject to certain exclusions, taxed on their worldwide income, irrespective of where their income was earned.

Am I required to submit an income tax return if I am a South African resident but I work overseas and I do not earn other income from a South African (SA) source except for exempt interest income from a South African source?
If you are still a resident in South Africa, all residents are taxed on worldwide income irrespective of where the income was earned. If you are a resident,

I am currently employed by an overseas company who requires confirmation of my South African residency how do I obtain this?
The country where a SA resident rendered services or received income normally requires a certificate of residence before considering relief of tax at source. The confirmation of tax residency can be obtained in two ways:

How do I know that I fall within the definition of a resident?
a) The definition of resident refers to a natural person who is ‘ordinarily’ resident in the Republic or if that person was ‘physically’ present in the Republic for a certain period or periods. See more information on the definition of a natural

Do I have to be registered for Income tax to obtain a certificate of residence?
A person or partner in partnership (partner) must be registered for income tax purposes. Where the person or partner is not registered for income tax the person or partner in must first

How do I apply for a certificate of residence?
Where the South African resident rendered services or received income from another country and the country requires a certificate of residence or certificate of residence for partners or the stamping of a residence application form from the other

What are the requirement for a certificate of residence to be issued to me?
The following are requirements for a certificate of residence: :- The person must registered for income tax purposes. :- The application form must be submitted with all mandatory fields completed.

How long is my certificate of residence valid for?
A certificate of residence is only valid for a period of one year from the date of issue if the date of issue is for a period going forward. Therefore a certificate for residency in advance will

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