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  1 month ago

You might be able to claim some money back from SARS if you’ve been working from home

If you used to work at an office and now work from home during lockdown, and continue working from home, you can claim a tax deduction if it’s for six months or more.

There’s another catch though; you can claim if you set up and use your home office exclusively for work and nothing else.

“You can therefore claim for your home office if you started working from home at the end of March and continue until September to deduct this benefit in the next tax year,” says Nicci Courtney-Clarke, head of tax at TaxTim, a digital tax assistant .

She explains that it’s worth understanding the tax rules around home office expenses, as SARS may allow employees to deduct their home office costs within the “Other deductions” section of the ITR12 (your income tax return). However, she points out that it is important to realise that this deduction is only allowed under certain specific conditions.

The requirements for deducting home office expenditure are:

1.Your employer must allow you to work from home.
2.You must spend more than half of your working hours working from your home office.
3.You must use an area of your home exclusively for working, such as a separate office.

Working from your dining room table does not qualify as a home office

Your home office must be specifically equipped for your trade with the relevant instruments, tools and equipment required to do your work.


Came across this article while I was browsing. Thought it might be useful for people who have been working from home since the lockdown started in March.


  1 month ago
So, I filed my tax returns and I got my money in 24 hours from SARS. 24 hours!!!!! Isn't that incredible??? It isn't going to make me rich but it was so very welcome let me tell you. Thanks for sharing this valuable advice. Reply


  1 month ago
Great information and thanks for sharing Reply


  1 month ago
Great advice! Do you think the eligibility rules are fair? Reply


  1 month ago
Thanks for sharing Reply

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