National Treasury Budget for 2017/2018 Highlights

Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordon, delivered the National Treasury’s budget for 2017/2018 and the following amendments where highlighted:

• Super Tax Bracket (Individuals) – 45% on income above R1,500,000 p.a.
• Trust Tax Rate increased to 45% (from 41%)
• Increase to Effective rate of Capital Gains tax for Trusts / Super Tax Bracket
• Dividends Tax increased to 20% (from 15%)
• Withholding Tax for non-resident sellers of fixed property increased to 7.5%, 10% and 15% respectively (from 5%, 7.5% and 10%)
• The value at which property is taxed at 0% is increased from R750 000 to R900 000.
A new bracket of “Super Tax” has been introduced on personal income that levies tax at 45% on income exceeding R1,500,000 per annum. This increases the effective rate on capital gains above this level to 18% (from 16.4%).

The increase in the Trust tax rate to 45% increases the effective rate of CGT for trusts to 36% (from 32.8%).

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