Wesley is an associate in STBB’s litigation department in Cape Town. Wesley obtained an LLB degree in 2014 and an LLM degree in Constitutional and Administrative Law in 2015. After completing his articles of clerkship with STBB, Wesley was admitted as an Attorney of the High Court in February 2018. Wesley specialises in sectional title dispute resolution, contractual litigation, public law, property law, evictions and debt collection. Wesley has experience with managing high caseloads and meeting deadlines simultaneously. Wesley’s experience includes advising on the High Court process, drafting memoranda of advice and conducting legal research, facilitating debt collection processes (High Court and Lower Courts), drafting and facilitating court processes, advising on mediation and arbitration processes, and managing disputes before the Rental Housing Tribunal and the Community Schemes Ombud Service.

Thought of the Week | Airbnb: A little extra for your own pocket only?

‘AirBnB’ has very fast become a household name. Many people both abroad and in South Africa are making extra income via this and other online platforms which enable them to list rooms, apartments and houses for rental.

It is, however, important to remember that:

  1. SARS regards income earned in this way as taxable income, which must therefore be included as trading income, after making provision for allowable deductions, in the host’s annual tax return.
  2. The AirBnb umbrella organisation is also legally obliged to provide details to local tax authorities of the earnings of all AirBnb hosts. So if you are an AirBnB host, ensure that you keep sufficient records to prove that you have declared all income received, and to substantiate all claims in respect of expenditure.

For assistance with your tax affairs, contact us on STBB.