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South Africa Legislates For Budget Tax Changes

Thursday, July 20, 2017

The South African Revenue Services and the National Treasury on July 19 released for public comment draft legislation that would give effect to the tax proposals announced in the February Budget.

The two draft Bills – the Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) and the 2017 Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB) – include the majority of the more complex and administrative tax proposals contained in the Budget, but they do not include the proposals dealt with in the 2017 Draft Rates Bill, such as changes to the personal income tax brackets and rates and excise duties, and the introduction of the Health Promotion Levy.

Significant proposals contained in the 2017 TLAB include: the removal of the foreign employment income tax exemption in respect of South African residents; measures to address the circumvention of anti-avoidance rules dealing with share buy backs, dividend stripping and contributed tax capital; measures to strengthen anti-avoidance rules relating to mining environmental rehabilitation funds; and the extension of controlled foreign company rules to interposed foreign trusts and foreign foundations.

Comment is invited on the draft legislation until August 18.