There are just a few questions that have to be answered, and it’s vital to determine an correct timeline, as it could allow you to make a greater determination.

Firstly, along with your emigration, the query that must be requested is, will or not it’s everlasting? Is there a chance that you just would possibly return in just a few years, or, in case you maybe maintain a dual-citizenship, then would it not be a everlasting emigration? I’m asking since you talked about that you’re involved concerning the rand depreciating, and it alludes to the truth that you would be returning. In my thoughts, somebody who is worried concerning the rand devaluing has not totally made up their thoughts.

The rationale this timeframe query must be requested is that if your emigration would possibly solely be short-term (it’d sound odd nevertheless it does occur; folks do come again), then it could be in your finest curiosity to maneuver your pension fund right into a preservation fund, which mainly preserves your funding with none tax implications. You’ll nonetheless be allowed to make a once-off withdrawal as much as the full worth at any time, and the pension fund, because it stands, will nonetheless be fastened till 55, nevertheless it supplies much more flexibility.

You additionally proceed receiving the advantage of tax-free development throughout the preservation fund construction, so it may not be a foul concept to carry on to your pension fund for a yr or two, because it supplies you with a little bit of time till you actually perceive the route you’ll be heading.

Do you have to formally to migrate, you’ll be required to open a non-resident checking account, and be sure that your tax affairs are so as, earlier than you possibly can obtain your capital (that’s in case your pension fund has been transferred to a preservation fund). When you determine to make the leap, and withdraw totally previous to emigration, this course of will probably be lots faster with much less problem, and might be the best choice when it comes to effectivity. I’ve handled emigration circumstances whereby it took greater than six months to withdraw, resulting from delays at Sars, and translation points (the investor was dwelling abroad).

In case your emigration will probably be everlasting, then it solely is sensible to withdraw now, and take the capital with you to France. As you’ve talked about, you’ll be taxed fairly extremely, however simply in order that the opposite readers perceive, right here is how the tax is calculated.

2018 tax yr (March 1 2017 – February 28 2018)

Taxable revenue (R)

Charge of Tax

zero – 25 000


25 001 – 660 000

18% of taxable revenue above 25 000

660 001 – 990 000

114 300 + 27% of taxable revenue above 660 000

990 001 and above

​203 400 + 36% of taxable revenue above 990 000

 * That is additionally known as a withdrawal profit desk (pre-retirement)

R1 200 000 will probably be taxed primarily based on the above desk

The tax is labored out as:  R203 400 + 36% (R1 200,000 – R990 000)  = R279 000 tax payable

Any future pre-retirement withdrawals will probably be added to quantity, as you’re taxed on mixture quantities.

In order you talked about, you’ll have R921 000 accessible after tax.

In my view, all of it depends upon your motion. If you’re formally emigrating and plan on by no means returning, then take the cash and run.

If you’re nonetheless sitting on the fence, then give your self a little bit of time, as you may have choices accessible.

Who is aware of, you would possibly determine to return to South Africa someday.


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