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How to Deregister with SARS: Ending the Entanglement via Tax Emigration

How to Deregister with SARS: Ending the Entanglement via Tax Emigration

If you’re a South African living and working abroad, changes to the Income Tax Act might see you liable to pay income tax to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on your worldwide earnings where they exceed R1.25million. Legislative amendments closed the foreign...

Cost of Living in Ireland as a South African

Cost of Living in Ireland as a South African

If you’re a South African considering greener pastures, there’s no place greener than Ireland, right? Sure. It’s not called the Emerald Isle for nothing. But before you start practicing your Guinness-drinking skills, looking for lucky leprechauns or picturing yourself...

Ultramel Custard Recipes

Ultramel Custard Recipes

What would a jiggly jelly dessert or warm malva pudding be, without a generous dollop or smothering of Ultramel custard? It wouldn’t quite be the same, would it? In South Africa, Ultramel custard is a staple dessert treat. In fact, most of our childhood memories...

The Expat’s Guide: Pet Immigration to the UK

The Expat’s Guide: Pet Immigration to the UK

You’re considering relocating to the United Kingdom and you’re planning on taking the family. The whole family, including your furkids of course. While the whole international move can be costly, if planned properly and timeously your pet transport from South Africa...

Money Talks: What Are FinGlobal’s Fees Like?

Money Talks: What Are FinGlobal’s Fees Like?

When selecting a cross-border financial services partner, aside from considering convenience, credibility, and expertise - fees must not be overlooked. It’s important for South Africans to examine and evaluate exactly how they’re going to be charged for the services...

Tax 101: Here’s What You Need to Know About South African Expat Tax

Tax 101: Here’s What You Need to Know About South African Expat Tax

Before changes were made to the Income Tax Act earlier this year to introduce expat tax, South Africans working abroad could claim tax exemption on foreign earnings. This meant that the South African Revenue Service (SARS) couldn’t take a paycheque cut if it was...

South African Tax Refund: Claim tax back in South Africa

South African Tax Refund: Claim tax back in South Africa

That is right, we said refund! It is not every day that you can access some extra cash, especially if you can claim it from the tax man. Assisting you with your journey towards your financial freedom, our passionate tax team can stand in the gap to represent you at...

Mrs Ball’s Chutney Chicken Recipe

Mrs Ball’s Chutney Chicken Recipe

When you think of chutney in South Africa, what comes to mind? The answer is undoubtedly, Mrs Ball’s Chutney. This is something that most South Africans can agree on: no chutney can quite compare to that made according to the original Mrs Ball’s Chutney recipe! Quite...

Schalk Bezuidenhout

Schalk Bezuidenhout

Some might say that 2020 has been joke so far… life as we know it just isn’t…well, life as we know it! Let’s face it; 2020 so far has been the year we could all do with a bit of a laugh. In terms of stress and strain, 2020 has taken the cake and for the average South...

Provident Fund vs Pension Fund vs Preservation Fund

Provident Fund vs Pension Fund vs Preservation Fund

Pension funds, provident funds, pension preservation funds - they all sound the same, right? Not exactly. There are a few major differences and similarities between these retirement investment vehicles; and it’s worthwhile taking the time to read further in order to...

Cost of Living in Malta

Cost of Living in Malta

A mere 80km from Sicily, deeply ensconced in the Mediterranean lies the archipelago of Malta. Malta is not just a sublime retirement destination anymore (although it is still the ideal place to retire, by the way). It’s becoming growingly popular for tourists and with...

Biltong Potjie

Biltong Potjie

What is the perfect snack while on the road, tied to your desk wading through hours of work, or binge-watching your favourite television series? Yup, you probably guessed right first time around – for South Africans, it is undoubtedly biltong. Biltong isn’t an...

Mandela Day Ideas

Mandela Day Ideas

The 18th of July is just around the corner, and you know what that means for South Africans, don’t you? It’s International Nelson Mandela Day! This year it’s an extra special celebration as it’s the 10th anniversary of Nelson Mandela Day, which was first celebrated on...

Retirement Annuity vs Pension Fund: What’s the Big Difference?

Retirement Annuity vs Pension Fund: What’s the Big Difference?

If you’ve ever found yourself awake at 3AM, pondering the big questions in life - like, what’s the difference between retirement annuity and pension fund -  then this post is for you. Read on! What is a Retirement Annuity? A retirement annuity is a voluntary...

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