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South Africa Tightens Tax Rules On Foreign Entertainers' Income

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

22 November 2005


Foreign entertainers and sports people can expect to be taxed on income earned in South Africa at 15% under a new withholding tax system announced by the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

Blaming low levels of compliance, SARS is requiring all firms which organise entertainment and sporting events to withhold 15% of payments made to entertainers and sportspersons and pass on the withheld sum to the taxman.

Firms will have 14 days in which to notify the tax authority that a deal has been signed, and will become liable for any tax that they fail to withhold or pass on.

However, in recognition of the fact that foreign entertainers and sports people are likely to be be taxed on income earned in South Africa in their country of residence, SARS will give them a certificate in order to claim tax relief from their home tax authority.


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