How is pension fund taxed in South Africa?

A South African resident, in the ordinary course, is entitled to withdraw up to one third of their retirement funds on retirement, which is taxed according to the retirement tables. The first R500,000 is tax free, and the rate then steps up from 18% to 36% for amounts above R1,050,000.

Is pension income taxable in South Africa?

As indicated above, the two thirds of the retirement interest from a pension, pension preservation or retirement annuity fund is received in the form of an annuity (a regular pension). If the income from your annuity exceeds the tax threshold, tax is payable on the amount.

How much tax will I pay if I draw my pension fund?

Pensions and income tax

25% of your pension pot can be withdrawn tax-free. How you withdraw money from your pension will determine whether you pay tax on the other 75% now or later. Pay tax on 75% of the amount withdrawn. Choose how much of it you wish to draw from the tax-free part.

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How long does it take to get 25% of your pension?

You should ask your pension provider what options they offer. In most schemes you can take 25 per cent of your pension pot as a tax-free lump sum. You’ll then have 6 months to start taking the remaining 75 per cent – you can usually: get regular payments (an ‘annuity’)

What income is not taxable in South Africa?

Who is exempt from income tax in South Africa? Generally, if you earn less than R83,100 annually (or less than R128,650 if you’re older than 65), you don’t have to pay income tax.

How can I avoid paying tax on my pension?

The way to avoid paying too much tax on your pension income is to aim to take only the amount you need in each tax year. Put simply, the lower you can keep your income, the less tax you will pay. Of course, you should take as much income as you need to live comfortably.

Do I pay tax on monthly pension?

How much tax do you pay on your pension? You have income tax deducted from your pension as you would for any other form of income.

How much tax will I pay if I take my pension as a lump sum?

When you’re 55 or older you can withdraw some or all of your pension pot, even if you’re not yet ready to retire. The first 25% of the withdrawal is tax-free; the remainder is taxed as extra income.

Can I take 25% of my pension tax free every year?

Yes. 25% of each payment is tax free. But you’ll pay tax on the other 75% of each lump sum you take at your highest tax rate.

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Is it better to take pension or lump sum?

Pension payments are made for the rest of your life, no matter how long you live, and can possibly continue after death with your spouse. Lump-sum payments give you more control over your money, allowing you the flexibility of spending it or investing it when and how you see fit.

Can I take my pension at 55 and still work?

The short answer is yes. These days, there is no set retirement age. You can carry on working for as long as you like, and can also access most private pensions at any age from 55 onwards – in a variety of different ways. You can also draw your state pension while continuing to work.

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