How long do you have to be out of the country to not pay tax?


There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on a number of factors, including your residency status and the amount of time you spend in South Africa. However, there are a few general guidelines that you can follow.

If you are a resident of the UK, you will not be liable for South African tax on your worldwide income if you spend less than 183 days in South Africa in any 12-month period. This applies regardless of the purpose of your visit.

If you are not a resident of the UK, you will only be liable for South African tax on income derived from South African sources. This means that if you earn income from outside of South Africa, you will not be required to pay tax on it in South Africa.

There are a few other considerations to keep in mind when determining your South African tax liability. For example, if you own property in South Africa, you may be liable for capital gains tax when you sell it. Additionally, if you have any business interests in South Africa, you may be required to pay tax on your profits.

Ultimately, it is best to consult with a tax professional to determine your specific tax liability. However, by following the general guidelines outlined above, you can get a good sense of whether or not you will be required to pay tax in South Africa.

If you’re a UK citizen, you may not have to pay tax on your income from South Africa if you meet certain conditions. For example, you must be out of the country for at least 330 days in any 12-month period. You must also have a permanent home in another country and intend to live there for at least one full tax year.

If you don’t meet these conditions, you may still be able to reduce your UK tax bill by claiming the foreign income tax relief. This relief is for people who have income from a job or property abroad.

To claim the relief, you must fill in a Self-Assessment tax return. The amount of relief you get depends on your income tax rate. For example, if you’re a basic rate taxpayer, you’ll get 20% relief on your foreign income.

If you’re a higher rate taxpayer, you’ll get 40% relief. If you’re a top rate taxpayer, you’ll get 45% relief.

You can only claim the relief if you pay tax on your foreign income in the country where it’s from. You’ll need to send HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) a certificate from the foreign tax authorities to show that you’ve paid the tax.

If you don’t pay tax on your foreign income in the country where it’s from, you may still be able to reduce your UK tax bill by claiming the foreign tax credit. This credit is for people who have income from a job or property abroad that’s not taxed in the country where it’s from.

To claim the credit, you must fill in a Self-Assessment tax return. The amount of credit you get depends on your income tax rate. For example, if you’re a basic rate taxpayer, you’ll get 20% credit on your foreign income.

If you’re a higher rate taxpayer, you’ll get 40% credit. If you’re a top rate taxpayer, you’ll get 45% credit.

You can only claim the credit if you’ve paid tax on your foreign income in the UK. You’ll need to send HMRC a certificate from the foreign tax authorities to show that you’ve paid the tax.


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