- VAT has increased from 14% to 15% and will take effect from 1 April 2018. This increase will affect 80% of higher income earners. Zero-rating food, such as brown bread, will remain VAT-free.
- The personal income tax of those earning between R0 – R555 600 per annum will remain unchanged, while those who earn more than R555 601 per annum will be affected by a 3.1% increase.
- Estate Duty rates have increased by 5% on dutiable estates in excess of R30 million. The same percentage increase is applicable on donations in excess of R30 million. This means that the rates have moved from 20% and now sit at 25%.
- Sin Tax will increase by 6 – 10%. Tobacco will increase by 8.5%. The table below details the increases:
|Malt beer||15c per 340ml can|
|Unfortified wine||23c per 750ml bottle|
|Fortified wine||28c per 750ml bottle|
|Sparkling wine||73c per 750ml bottle|
|Ciders and alcoholic fruit beverages||15c per 340ml bottle|
|Spirits||R4.80 per 750ml bottle|
|Cigarettes||R1.22 per pack of 20|
|Cigarette tobacco||R1.37 per 50g|
|Pipe tobacco||39c per 25g|
|Cigars||R6.45 per 23g|
- The maximum ad valorem excise duty for motor vehicles and luxury goods will increase from 7% to 9% effective 1 April 2018.
- General Fuel Levy will increase by 22 cents per litre, and the Road Accident Fund Levy will increase by 30 cents per litre.
- Social grants will increase as per the table below:
|Care Dependency Grant||R90||R1690|
|Child Support Grant||R20||R400|
|Old Age Grant||R90||R1690|
Transfer Duty Amendments:
Transfer duty fees have remained unchanged. The following rates on transactions in respect of acquisition of property is payable (and not subject to VAT).
|Value of Property (R)||Rate|
|0 – 900 000||0%|
|900 001 – 1 250 000||3% of the value above 900 000|
|1 250 001 – 1 750 000||10 500 + 6% of the value above 1 250 000|
|1 750 001 – 2 250 000||40 500 + 8% of the value above 1 750 000|
|2 250 001 – 10 000 000||80 500 + 11% of the value above 2 250 000|
|10 000 001 and above||933 000 + 13% of the value above 10 000 000|
Estate Duty Amendments:
The 2018 Budget proposes to increase estate duty from 20% to 25% for estates worth R30 million and more.
Any donations above R30 million in one tax year will be taxed at 25%, in order to limit the staggering of donations and avoid the higher estate duty rate. Both measures will be effective from 1 March 2018.
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