Estate duty, donations tax and capital gains tax
A basic deduction of R 3.5 million is allowed in the determination of an estate's liablility for estate duty as well as deductions for liabilities, bequests to public benefit organisations and property accruing to surviving spouses.
A flat rate of 20% is levied on balance of estate on all property of residents and SA property of non-residents.
The threshold below which no donations tax is payable is R100 000. There after a 20% flat rate on value on property is payable.
In the case of a tax payer who is not a natural person, the exempt donations are limited to casual gifts not exceeding R 10 000 p.a. in total.
Dispositions betweeen spouses and donations to certain public benefit organisations are exempt from donations tax.
Capital gains tax
The annual capital gains tax exemption for individuals has been increased from R15 000 to R16 000. The monetary threshold below which no capital gains tax is imposed at death is R120 000.
All shares disposed of after three years will trigger a capital gains tax event.