It is well known that trusts and estates have been under the magnifying glass of the South African Revenue Service (SARS) for a while now. This led to the introduction of an anti-avoidance measure (Section 7C of the Income Tax Act) effective from 1 March 2017, whereby SARS accesses growth in a trust. SARS wanted a way to access growth in assets, which people historically deliberately moved into a trust and thereby “froze” the value of the estate for estate duty purposes.
The laws around tax for South Africans who live and work abroad have changed and it’s important to work out whether or not you are now expected to pay tax on income you earn outside of the country. Carla Rossouw tackles this complex topic.
The inevitable reality of cryptocurrency regulation is gathering pace. With the draft proposal opened to public comment closing last month, the initial steps are in process to bring some formality to this growing and popular asset class.
One of the key benefits of investing for retirement using a retirement fund is the generous tax deduction for contributions, subject to a maximum of 27.5% of the greater of your taxable income or remuneration, with an annual ceiling of R350 000.
The SA Revenue Service (Sars) attempts to limit the abuse of trusts as a means of tax evasion by individuals. Sars identifies persons and entities that are closely connected to the beneficiaries of the trust – especially where income and capital gains have been transferred to such persons and entities – since the beneficiaries are the parties who will directly benefit from all income and capital gains accrued in the trust.
2018 BUDGET SPEECH UPDATE. The Minister of Finance announced amendments to tax and other legislation that may affect investors. These changes come
into effect on 1 March 2018, unless otherwise indicated.