South Africans working abroad have expressed strong objections to a proposal by the Treasury that they be taxed on their foreign earnings in SA if they are not tax resident in another country. South African Revenue Service (SARS) group executive for legal policy and research Franz Tomasek told MPs Tuesday that about 8,000 people had protested on the SARS Facebook page against the measure which will see the repeal of the foreign employment income tax exemption for those who work outside the country for fewer than 183 days. Tomasek said the number of protestors was an indication that there were far more people who had left the country than the 5,109 individuals who declared nontaxable foreign remuneration in 2014-15. "Clearly many South African tax residents who earn money abroad are not declaring that income to SARS," Treasury director for personal income taxes and saving Chris Axelson said in a briefing to Parliament’s standing committee on finance, on the draft Taxation Laws Amendm...

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