DTA FAQs: Answering All Your Questions

Double taxation agreements (DTAs) are a familiar phrase to South African expats working and living abroad. However, for those who remain unsure, a DTA is an internationally recognised contract entered into between South Africa (SA) and another country, which regulates who holds taxing rights. As the name suggests, DTAs are aimed at the avoidance of double taxation with respect to taxes on a taxpayer’s income.

As such, DTAs are a viable option for South African expats who, no doubt, want to avoid the double taxation of their foreign income. Despite the lifeline that DTAs offer, the intricacies of how they operate tend to leave many South African expats confused and asking several questions.

Loyiso Bavuma
Tax Attorney

Richan Schwellnus
Tax Associate