The South African Expatriates Tax Petition Group was founded to advance the interests of South African Expatriates earning income outside of South Africa and who might become liable under new legislation to pay more taxes. The group will focus on informing expatriates on developments in the promulgation of this legislation and provide a forum for expatriates to act as a uniform front to oppose legislation which might put them at an unfair disadvantage.
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The South African Expatriates Tax Petition Group was founded by Barry Pretorius in March 2017. Upon reading the announcement of the intent to change article 10, based in Abu Dhabi and having worked over the past 20 years in various countries under rotational, work permit and residency visa systems he realized what a dire impact this would have not only to South Africans working abroad but also to the new generation of south Africans wanting to come work abroad and decided that a voice and representation for expats was needed. Barry with inputs from the face book group he created, then started formulating a Petition and reaching out to various entities in South Africa to join the expats and help them to achieve the objectives.
END OF MARCH 2017
Jerry Botha http://www.taxconsulting.co.za/ was made contact with who offered guidance free of charge to get the petition formulated.
The petition was published – The intent was to provide a legitimate platform/basis from which to as a uniform group (strength in numbers) to first petition the national treasury on the proposed changes to article 10 and form the basis for future actions.
END OF JUNE 2017
Both group and petition numbers had grown to 6500/3000 respectively by spreading awareness across Facebook groups across the globe and attention from news articles.
Draft bill published, intent to totally scrap article 10 was announced, we started campaign to increase group/petition numbers and to start submitting comments to national treasury.
Group close to 10000 members and our petition close to 7000.
Barry and Jerry as two opposite sides of the same coin ceaselessly worked on spreading awareness of this impending change and a number of news articles written by them and others drew attention in the news media.
A template for South Africans abroad and those residing abroad was developed and a campaign was launched to get as many submissions made to our national treasury and sARs. By the 18th August deadline a total of 1384 submissions was made via members of the tax petition group. The petition was also submitted to the treasury and SARS.
The expat group had grown to close to 15000 members and the petition had been signed by 13000 petitioners.
Based upon this platform and application made to the standing committee on finances Barry and Jerry appeared in parliament to make verbal submissions to the 16 standing members of parliament of the finance committee.
This resulted in the chairman of the standing committee urging the treasury and SARS to take heed of our inputs and to negotiate.
The result is that the full repeal of article 10 has to date been averted, currently the amended draft which must still be approved by parliament recommend that the change to article 10 would only come into effect 1 March 2020 and an initial exemption on tax of R1 million rands would be in place for those meeting the “183/60 day rule” of article 10
Continue growing our numbers and strength, continue informing our members, learning about our tax laws and structures ,exploring options available to us.
Mobilizing our power base or strength in numbers to get South Africans back home aware and the public on our side by initiating our own media campaign.
Establish a fund to add financial strength to our opposition and preparing to oppose this change in parliament.
Use our financial strength to launch media campaign . retain/employ legal council and oppose this by all means available.
Our strength as a group will grow – the impact of media should not be under estimated and we will use it to our advantage. Our opposition to this change to our tax laws will be contested by us based upon our civil and legal rights.