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Clarification of 3-year rule for retirement benefits on emigration

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Much confusion and debate seems to exist in the market regarding the changes to the access to retirement benefits (pension preservation funds, provident preservation funds and retirement annuity funds) on emigration. The concept of ‘emigration’ and the SARS approval process (via MP336b) falls away from 1 March 2021 and is replaced with the concept of an individual ‘ceasing to be a resident for tax purpose’ in South Africa.

Retirement savers still free to sabotage themselves

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Even after the final reforms are in place investors will remain free to be their own worst enemy. Almost 10 years after National Treasury embarked on its mission to strengthen South African retirement savings, as reflected in the Taxation Laws Amendment Bill of 2020, the final reforms are scheduled to come into effect on March 1 but, unfortunately, fund members will still be free to sabotage their own retirement.

The impact of retirement reform in South Africa

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Changes to retirement benefits for provident fund members, initially meant to come in five years ago and now scheduled for next March, will see tax uniformity for all who contribute towards retirement. These changes, in terms of the Taxation Laws Amendment Act, will also encourage greater savings, something South Africa desperately needs as it seeks to crawl its way out of an economic hole.

An employer cannot unilaterally change an employee’s retirement age

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An employer cannot unilaterally change an employee’s retirement age. Should the employer do so and terminate the employee’s employment, the dismissal may constitute an automatically unfair dismissal and amount to unfair discrimination.

Don’t make costly assumptions about who gets your assets if you...

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You’ve made the effort to get an executable will in place, but are you all sorted in terms of knowing who will get what? Not necessarily. Unfortunately, it’s not that clear cut. Many of us confuse how our assets will be distributed through our will, with the distribution of death benefits from our company sponsored retirement fund – often assuming that our death benefits fall within the scope of our will. But the two are treated very differently when we die.

PODCAST | What the proposed amendments to the PFA mean for...

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An interview with Stephen Katzenellenbogen, Senior Executive, Private Wealth Manager, NFB Private Wealth Management, and Dr Ivor Blumenthal, CEO, ArkKonsult, discussing an article penned by Andrew Duvenage, Managing Director, NFB Private Wealth Management, apropos the ANC’s Economic Transformation Committee proposal outlining changes to Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act.

What the proposed amendments to PFA mean for retirement savers

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Earlier this year, the ANC’s Economic Transformation Committee published a proposal outlining changes to Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act. Regulation 28, which controls the extent to which retirement funds may invest in particular asset classes.

Early retirement is tempting – but can you afford it?

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The temptation to retire early and adopt a life of leisure can be particularly seductive as you enter your fifties and sixties, especially after many years spent with your nose to the grindstone. But can you afford it?

Bringing savings conversations out of the closet

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Talking about finances at work can seem like a taboo subject, especially given that conversations about salaries, bonuses or saving for retirement usually take place behind closed doors. If you are a member of a group savings scheme through your employer, such as a pension, provident or umbrella fund, you may have burning questions about how this will impact your retirement.

Retirement benefits may not end up where you plan

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If you are formally employed you might have been required to join your companies contracted retirement scheme, and they would have asked you to nominate a beneficiary for the proceeds in case you die before retirement. However, if you chose a beneficiary that is not your dependant then the chances are that the retirement fund trustees won’t honour your wishes!

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