Tag Archives: Income Tax Act

RING-FENCING OF ASSESSED LOSSES OF CERTAIN TRADES – PART I

Persons are generally allowed to set off any losses incurred in respect of one trade against the income derived from another trade, thereby reducing their overall tax liability. However, section 20A of the Income Tax Act[1]ring-fences losses incurred by natural … Continue reading

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TAX ON RETIREMENT LUMP SUMS

Determining the tax consequences in respect of any lump sum benefits from retirement funds can be complex and various legislative changes have been incorporated over the last few years, to regulate and align the tax treatment of these benefits. Lump … Continue reading

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SPECIAL TRUSTS

The Income Tax Act[1] includes specific provisions for “special trusts”. These trusts are taxed on the same sliding scale applicable to natural persons, which could be lower than the current 45% flat rate applicable to conventional trusts. Capital gains tax … Continue reading

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FRINGE BENEFITS PROVIDED TO EMPLOYEES

The Seventh Schedule to the Income Tax Act[1] lists various benefits that employers may grant to employees which will attract income tax for the employee,[2] and require the employer to also withhold PAYE on the amount of the benefit granted.[3] … Continue reading

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BEWARE OF CAPITAL GAINS TAX WHEN YOU EMIGRATE

While many people immigrate to South Africa, we also see many of our clients emigrating from South Africa. And while formal migration-status is not necessarily linked to tax residency, the time of tax migration often coincides with formal emigration linked … Continue reading

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FINAL AND DILUTED LEGISLATION IN RELATION TO LOW INTEREST LOANS AND TRUST

The renewed focus by National Treasury on the taxation of trusts was widely anticipated and it came as little surprise earlier this year that the first version of the Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2016, introduced what will become the … Continue reading

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PERSONAL SERVICE COMPANIES

Natural person taxpayers who earns a salary have very few items of expenditure available to them which they may deduct for income tax purposes (section 23(m) of the Income Tax Act, 58 of 1962). Generally, the deductions which salaried individuals … Continue reading

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