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Income Tax Act, 1962 (Act 58 of 1962)

Chapter II: The Taxes

Part I: Normal Tax

11F. Deduction in respect of contributions to retirement funds

 

(1) Notwithstanding section 23(g), for the purposes of determining the taxable income of a natural person in respect of any year of assessment there must be allowed as a deduction from the income of that person any amount contributed during a year of assessment to any pension fund, provident fund or retirement annuity fund in terms of the rules of that fund by a person that is a member of that fund.

 

(2) The total deduction allowed in terms of subsection (1) must not in a year of assessment exceed the lesser of—
(a) R350 000; or
(b) 27,5 per cent of the higher of the person’s—
(i) remuneration (other than in respect of any retirement fund lump sum benefit, retirement fund lump sum withdrawal benefit and severance benefit) as defined in paragraph 1 of the Fourth Schedule; or
(ii) taxable income (other than in respect of any retirement fund lump sum benefit, retirement fund lump sum withdrawal benefit and severance benefit) as determined before allowing any deduction under this section and section 18A;
(c) the taxable income of that person before—
(i) allowing any deduction under this section; and
(ii) the inclusion of any taxable capital gain.

 

(3) Any amount contributed to a pension fund, provident fund or retirement annuity fund in any previous year of assessment which has been disallowed solely by reason of the fact that the amount that was contributed exceeds the amount of the deduction allowable in respect of that year of assessment is deemed to be an amount contributed in the current year of assessment, except to the extent that the amount contributed has been—
(a) allowed as a deduction against income in any year of assessment;
(b) accounted for under paragraph 5(1)(a) or 6(1)(b)(i) of the Second Schedule; or
(c) exempted under section 10C.

 

(4) Any amount contributed by an employer of the person for the benefit of that person must be deemed—
(a) to be equal to the amount of the cash equivalent of the value of the taxable benefit contemplated in paragraph 2(l) of the Seventh Schedule determined in accordance with paragraph 12D of that Schedule; and
(b) to have been contributed by that person.

 

(5) For the purposes of this section—
(a) a partner in a partnership must be deemed to be an employee of the partnership; and
(b) a partnership must be deemed to be the employer of the partners in that partnership.

 

[Section 11F inserted by section 21(1) of Act No. 17 of 2017]