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Even if SARS disallows your vehicle input tax claims, you CAN still claim Vat on these items

by , 11 June 2014
Did you know, SARS will slam the door on you if you try to claim input tax on double-cab vehicles, normal sedan-type passenger vehicles, station wagons, minibuses and sports utility-vehicles (SUVs).

But, it's not all doom and gloom.

While you can't claim the input tax on these motor vehicles, SARS WILL let you claim input tax on the following six items...

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Six input tax claims you can claim on your vehicle

The Practical Vat Loose Leaf Service says the good news is that even if SARS disallows your vehicle input tax claims, you can claim the Vat on any of the following items if you use the car to make your taxable supplies:

  1. Repairs;
  2. Maintenance;
  3. Insurance;
  4. Toll fees;
  5. Parking; and
  6. General running costs.

What happens if you modify your car?

If you modify your car or install some extras (e.g. hands-free cellphone kits), SARS will let you claim input tax.

Just don't go overboard and try to make claims on these items as well…
 

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DON'T try to claim zero-rated petrol and diesel

Many Vat vendors make this mistake and, as a result, they get into trouble with SARS.

Remember that petrol and diesel are zero-rated supplies and that although you can claim the input tax on other running expenses, you can't claim input tax for fuel.

In addition, motor vehicle licences and traffic fines aren't subject to Vat, so don't claim input tax on these expenses either.

There you have it: Knowing the six input tax claims you can claim on your vehicle will help you put some money back into your pocket.

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