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An interview with Jonty Leon, Legal Manager, Financial Emigration, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing the Draft Tax Law Amendment Bill (TLAB) which contains a hidden announcement, which may prove to be the final straw for many ex-South Africans who still have retirement investments left in South Africa.
The Draft Tax Law Amendment Bill (TLAB) contained a hidden announcement, which may prove to be the final straw for many ex-South Africans who still have retirement investments left in South Africa. The TLAB seeks to legislate to prevent a South African who has exited South Africa’s tax base, to withdraw their retirement funds from South Africa, until an unbroken period of 3 years has passed where that person can prove non-tax residency.
South Africa has been bleeding skills in recent years. A top reason being the punitive 'expat tax' regime promulgated in December 2017, and effective 1 March 2020.
The investment landscape has changed profoundly over the past decade, making it easier than ever for individuals to take control of their own investment portfolios. It’s a simple matter for nearly anyone to trade shares via their online banking platform, for example, or to access a range of funds and products from an online stockbroker or wealth management firm.
On 1 March 2020 the amended section of the Income Tax Act concerning the foreign employment income exemption comes into effect. This so-called 'expat tax' has caused concern among South Africans working abroad who currently pay no tax if they meet certain criteria. But, from next year, only R1 million of this income will be exempt from tax here.
Incorrect information and advice from tax practitioners, or in some cases South African Revenue Service (SARS) officials, has resulted in the misunderstanding of complex South African expatriate tax legislation, which has landed many South African in deep water with SARS.