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Income Tax Act, 1962 (Act 58 of 1962)

Chapter II: The Taxes

Part VIII : Dividends Tax

64E. Levy of tax

 

 

(1) Subject to paragraph 3 of the Tenth Schedule, there must be levied for the benefit of the National Revenue Fund a tax, to be known as the dividends tax, calculated at the rate of 15 per cent of the amount of any dividend paid by any company other than a headquarter company.

 

(2)        For the purposes of this Part, a dividend must, to the extent that the dividend-

(a) does not consist of a distribution of an asset in specie and is declared by a company that is-
(i) a listed company, be deemed to be paid on the date on which the dividend is paid; or
(ii) not a listed company, be deemed to be paid on the earlier of the date on which the dividend is paid or becomes due and payable; or
(b) consists of a distribution of an asset in specie, be deemed to be paid on the earlier of the date on which the dividend is paid or becomes due and payable.";

 

(3) Where a company declares and pays a dividend and that dividend consists of a distribution of an asset in specie, the amount of the dividend must, for the purposes of subsection (1), be deemed-
(a) in the case of an asset which is a financial instrument listed on a recognised exchange as defined in paragraph 1 of the Eighth Schedule and for which a price was quoted on that exchange, to be equal to the ruling price of that financial instrument on that recognised exchange at close of business on the last business day before the date that the dividend is, in terms of subsection (2), deemed to be paid; or
(b) in the case of an asset which is not an asset contemplated in paragraph (a), to be equal to the market value of the asset on the date that the dividend is, in terms of subsection (2), deemed to be paid.

 

(4)        

(a)        Where, during any year of assessment, any amount is owing to a company by-

(i)        a person that is-

(aa)        not a company;

(bb)        a resident; and

(cc)        a connected person in relation to that company; or

(ii)        a person that is-

(aa) not a company;
(bb) a resident; and
(cc) a connected person in relation to a person contemplated in subparagraph (i),

in respect of a debt, that company must, for the purposes of this Part, be deemed to have paid a dividend if that debt arises by virtue share held in that company by a person contemplated in subparagraph (i).

(b)        The amount of the dividend that is deemed to have been paid in terms of paragraph (a) must-

(i) be deemed to consist of a distribution of an asset in specie; and
(ii) for the purposes of subsection (1), be deemed to be equal to the greater of-
(aa) the market-related interest in respect of that debt, less the amount of interest that is payable to that company in respect of that debt for that year of assessment; or
(bb) nil.
(c) Where during any year of assessment a company is deemed to have paid a dividend in terms of paragraph (a) , that dividend must be deemed to have been paid on the last day of that year of assessment.
(d) For the purposes of this subsection, 'market-related interest', in relation to any debt owed a company means the amount of interest that would be payable to that company on the amount owing to that company in respect of that debt for a period during a year of assessment if the debt had been owed for that period at the official rate of interest as defined in paragraph (1) of the Seventh Schedule.
(e) This subsection does not apply to the extent that the amount owing to a company in respect of a debt contemplated in paragraph (a) was deemed to be a dividend that was subject to the secondary tax on companies.

 

(5) For the purposes of subsection (1), where any amount of any dividend is denominated in any currency other than the currency of the Republic, that amount must be translated to the currency of the Republic by applying the spot rate applicable at the time that the dividend is paid.

 

(6)        Where a-

(a) company that makes payment of a dividend to any person withholds an amount of dividends tax from that payment in terms of section 64G(1); or
(b) regulated intermediary that makes payment of a dividend to any person withholds an amount of dividends tax from that payment in terms of section 64H(1),

that company or regulated intermediary must, for the purposes of this Part, be deemed to have paid the amount so withheld to that person.