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Beneficial Ownership in South African Trusts: Recent Developments and Regulations in 2024

The concept of beneficial ownership in trusts within South Africa has undergone significant changes, particularly with new regulations coming into effect in 2023 and 2024. These changes aim to improve transparency in trust management and ownership, aligning with international standards to combat financial crimes like money laundering and tax evasion. Key Legislative and Regulatory Changes: […]

How trusts preserve generational wealth

The estate duty savings are compounded over several generations ARTICLES ON trusts are often aimed at settlors or donors to highlight the benefit of trusts and the role they play in estate planning at the ‘first-generation’ level.  In this article, the author aims to illustrate to second-generation beneficiaries the effect of the decisions their parents […]

Tax compliance lives beyond death

A deceased estate takes on a (tax) life of its own while being wound up I STARTED my first job back in September 1987 at the tender age of 18, and approximately nine months later I received my very first income tax return from the Receiver of Revenue (as SARS was known in those days), […]

Beware of tax-related scams

Over the past five years, the Southern African Fraud Prevention Service (SAFPS) has seen a steady increase in the number of tax-related scams. Improved efficiency To improve efficiency when it comes to processing tax returns, and to encourage individuals and businesses to file their tax returns timeously, SARS launched its eFiling service in 2000. This […]

Tax implications for marriages in community of property

The default marriage regime has some complicated tax consequences. When couples are caught up in wedding and honeymoon planning, visiting their attorney often takes a backseat. Many couples don’t realise that different marital laws affect how their assets are managed during marriage, divided if it ends, and how they’re taxed. The different legal frameworks determine […]

A dive into South Africa’s revised assessed losses regulations

Navigating the complex world of corporate finance and tax regulations can be challenging for businesses. South Africa has recently undergone significant changes in its tax landscape, including limits on assessed losses and adjustments to corporate income tax rates. To stay informed, adaptable, and compliant, companies must seek expert advice and gain a better understanding of […]

Tempted to use AI as a personal finance assistant? Limitations and risk factors to consider

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has revolutionised numerous industries, including personal finance. With AI chatbots providing real-time, human-like responses to queries, one might be tempted to fully entrust their financial management to these digital assistants. However, while AI offers undeniable benefits, it’s essential to understand its limitations, particularly when dealing with sensitive areas such as personal finance. […]

Is a maintenance payment a ‘donation’?

Helping someone out may be exempt from donations tax—but as always, the devil is in the detail… Donations tax is one of those strange taxes where people often question its existence.  After all, why would SARS be so mean as to want to tax someone’s generosity?  The main reason is estate duty—or, more specifically, the […]

Tax breaks for retirement funding

While there are very few tax breaks for individuals, some huge ones are available for retirement funding. Retirement tax breaks in South Africa are designed to incentivise individuals to save for retirement and provide them with tax relief on contributions to retirement funds.  The government has implemented various tax incentives over the years to encourage […]

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