Q: During the past SA tax year, I was permanently employed by my company for one month (March 2019). I then started freelancing from April 2019. My previous employer continued to use my services in a freelance capacity and I’ve received payment from them every month from April 2019 to February 2020 with the 25% freelance tax being deducted each month. The total freelance payment over those 11 months amounts to R220,000 before the 25% tax. This, of course, excludes the one month I was permanently employed. My questions are:

Do I need to register with the SA Revenue Service (Sars) now that I’m a freelancer, and submit two tax returns? How do I go about submitting my tax return for the 2020 tax year? Do the same tax season dates apply as when I was permanently employed?Would any money be due to me based on the 25% tax I have been paying each month? — Meagan via e-mail...

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