The 2020 Budget in a nutshell

By Alec Hogg for BizNews

Finance Minister Tito Mboweni delivered his Budget speech this afternoon.

The highlights are as follows:

  • No tax increases in the coming fiscal year beyond a modest rise in the fuel levy (25c a litre) and the usual increases in booze and smokes (4.4% to 7.5%). Electronic cigarettes (vapes) will be taxed from 2021.
  • There is fractional relief on personal income tax with the R12bn impact of fiscal drag being offered through a R14bn effective drop in inflation-adjusted tax rates. This net benefit of R2bn is to be funded through a carbon tax (R1.75bn) and a plastic bag levy (R250m) which is increased to 25c.
  • The annual contribution to tax-free savings accounts has been increased by R3,000 to R36,000 from March 1.
  • In a blow for tax planning and a mushrooming sector, Section 12I tax incentive relating to industrial policy projects will not be renewed beyond March 2020.

Loopholes and tax incentives for companies have been targeted in various ways:

  • Net interest expenses will be restricted to 30% of earnings after January 2021 in a specific measure to combat tax avoidance by multinationals.
  • Sunset clauses are being adopted on incentives dealing with airport and port assets, rolling stock and loans for residential units.
  • There will be no extension of tax benefits beyond the six Special Economic Zones already approved.
  • More than 18m people now receive social security payments. Their grants will increase by between R20 and R80 per month in the year ahead. A change in the way social security is administered has saved R1bn a year.

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