National Budget 2017

Finance Minister Pravin Gordin delivered a tough budget for 2017/2018.

Some salient points:

  • New top personal income tax bracket for taxpayers earning taxable income in excess of R1 500 000 per annum. The marginal rate in this bracket will be 45%.
  • Introduction of the higher top tax bracket results in the maximum effective CGT rate increasing from 16.4% to 18%.
  • Dividend withholding tax (DWT) is being increased from 15% to 20% effective 22 February, 2017.
  • The general fuel levy will increase by 30c per litre and the Road Accident Fund fuel levy by 9c per litre, effective from 5 April, 2017.
  • The annual tax- free savings allowance for natural persons is being increased from R30 000 to R33 000.
  • The medical tax credits will be increased for the first two beneficiaries from R286 to R303 per month and for the remaining beneficiaries from R192 to R204 per month.
  • The company tax rate remains unchanged at 28%.

Source: Momentum / Stanlib