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Helpful tax resources

South African taxes are inherently complex and often involve interpretation, consulting and in exceptional cases, a fair amount of educated guessing on exactly what the legislature intended when the various acts were drafted. However, in order to assist taxpayers through the maze of information, there are some very helpful aids available to taxpayers and tax practitioners. This article provides some of these sources.

  • Comprehensive Guide to Capital Gains Tax (CGT): The 7th edition of the CGT guide was published on 8 October 2018. The purpose of the guide (consisting of close to a thousand pages!) is to assist the public in gaining a more in-depth understanding of capital gains tax. The guide contains detailed information of all topics related to CGT, with helpful examples and references. The guide is available at:

The guides above are only some of the more pertinent guides that are available. Other categories of guides available include:

  • customs and excise;
  • dividends tax;
  • employment tax incentive;
  • income tax;
  • tax administration; and
  • transfer duty.

Self-educating is an important part of being an informed, aware and responsible taxpayer and these resources are available exactly for that reason. Taxpayers should always ensure that they use the most recent versions of guides, especially if there have been any legislative amendments.

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as legal or other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE).

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