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Asylum Seekers – do they have to pay UIF?

We often have very interesting questions from our clients, and a recent question was around asylum seekers and their eligibility to claim UIF benefits, since they do not have South African ID’s.

In South Africa there were 184 976 documented active asylum seekers on December 31, 2018.
Let’s go back a step and look at the SARS definition about who should pay UIF
All employees, as well as their employers, are responsible for contributions to the UIF. However, an employee is excluded from contributing to the UIF if :-

  • Employed by the employer for less than 24 hours a month


SARS has improved eFiling and the MobiApp with several exciting innovations for Tax Season 2019 to make it simpler and more convenient for taxpayers to file an income tax return. To see an example of the new ITR12, click here. This year taxpayers who meet ALL of the following criteria need NOT submit a tax return:

  • Their total employment income for the year before tax is not more than R500 000
  • They only receive employment income from ONE EMPLOYER for the full tax year
  • They have no other form of INCOME (e.g. car allowance, business income, and rental income, taxable interest or income from another job)

Why Pay Solutions Stands out from the rest!

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News from SARS….

SARS is upgrading their IT systems and is migrating to a new platform between Friday 12 April 2019, 17:00 and Tuesday, 16 April 2019, 6:00. Impacted services are eFiling, e@syFile™ and the SARS website.
Tax season for individuals opens again on the 1st July 2019.

Domestic Workers Rights

All domestic workers who work for an Employer for 24 hours or more, per month, must be registered with UIF through the Department of Labour. Employees who are classified as domestic workers include housekeepers, gardeners, nannies, domestic drivers and in South Africa, are governed by Sectoral determination 7 of minimum wages for domestic workers.

In April 2003, domestic workers were included in the UIF act and were required to be registered with the Department of Labour.

COIDA Returns Deadline 31st March 2019

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In the ever-changing and high-paced environment of payroll, keeping up can be hard to do. Pay Solutions will take care of your pay roll and the headaches that go along with it.

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