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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Van Wyk, Talita Cornelia
Email talita@auditworks.co.za
URN etd-03092012-125019
Document Title Critical analysis of the taxation of South African employees working abroad
Degree MCom
Department Taxation
Advisor Name Title
Mrs H du Preez Supervisor
  • tax liability
  • employment income
  • United States of America
  • double taxation agreement
  • Australia
  • werknemer
  • Saudi Arabia
  • employee
  • double taxation agreement
  • dubbelbelastingooreenkoms
  • Saoedi-Arabië
  • werknemers inkomste
  • Verenigde State van Amerika
  • Australië
  • belastinglas
Date 2012-04-16
Availability unrestricted
Companies trading in international markets and assigning their employees to these global positions has become a daily occurrence, also in the lives of many South Africans. The taxation planning around these assignments can become a complex matter which can either be beneficial to the employee or result in surprising tax liability.

Although many articles have been written on the taxation effect on South African employees working abroad, little research has been performed combining not only the South African legislation, but also taking the effect of double taxation agreements and the legislation of other countries into consideration. This study extends on these prior articles by analysing the taxation of an individual from a South African perspective in combination with double taxation agreements and legislation of the United States of America, Australia and Saudi Arabia.

The aim of this study is to create a structure for planning an employee’s taxation liability when sent on a secondment assignment and to provide all the relevant aspects that should be taken into consideration to determine the employee’s final tax liability.

This study discusses the South African legislation relevant to employment income, determining the employee’s resident status, the relevant double taxation agreements articles and three countries: USA, Australia and Saudi Arabia, double taxation agreements and legislation on non-residents. The study concludes by summarising the taxation effect on a South African employee working in one of these countries.

AFRIKAANS : Maatskappye wat in internasionale markte handeldryf en hulle werknemers in buitelandse poste aanstel het ʼn alledaagse deel van baie Suid-Afrikaners se lewens geword. Die belastingbeplanning rondom hierdie opdragte kan ‘n komplekse berekening word wat of gunstig vir die werknemer kan wees of in ‘n onverwagse belastingimplikasie kan ontaard.

Alhoewel daar al baie artikels geskryf is ten opsigte van die belastingeffek vir Suid-Afrikaanse werknemers wat oorsee werk, is daar min navorsing gedoen wat die Suid-Afrikaanse wetgewing met die effek van dubbelbelastingooreenkomste asook die belastingwetgewing van ander lande kombineer. Hierdie studie is ‘n uitbreiding van hierdie artikels deurdat dit die belastingeffek van Suid-Afrikaanse individue analiseer deur Suid-Afrikaanse wetgewing te kombineer met dubbelbelastingooreenkomste en belastingwetgewing van die Verenigde State van Amerika, Australië en Saoedi-Arabië.

Die doel van die studie is om ‘n struktuur daar te stel om ‘n individu se belastingaanspreeklikheid te beplan wanneer hy in ‘n internasionale pos aangestel word en om al die relevante aspekte in ag te neem om sy finale belastingaanspreeklikheid te bepaal.

Die studie bespreek Suid-Afrikaanse wetgewing rakende werknemers inkomste, die bepaling van die individu se inwoner-status, die relevante dubbel belasting-ooreenkomste artikels en drie lande: VSA, Australië en Saoedi-Arabië, se dubbel belasting-ooreenkomste en wetgewing op nie-inwoners. Die studie kom tot die gevolgtrekking deur die belasting effek van ‘n Suid-Afrikaanse werknemer wat in een van die bogenoemde lande werk, op te som.

Copyright 2011, University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria.

Please cite as follows:

Van Wyk, TC 2011, Critical analysis of the taxation of South African employees working abroad, MCom dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-03092012-125019 / >


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