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South African expats’ financial horizons expanded

South African expats’ financial horizons expanded

For once the saying ‘it’s too good to be true’ need not be taken with a pinch of salt. South Africans living outside the country are fully entitled to transfer proceeds from their retirement annuities, pensions, preservation funds and other financial assets offshore....

Is there sense in looking back?

Is there sense in looking back?

South Africans are lekker people and they live and work in really lekker places – London, New York, Perth, Ontario to name but a few… Social media like Facebook, Skype, Google Plus and a myriad others has made life even more lekker given the capability to conduct...

4 Tips when emigrating from South Africa

4 Tips when emigrating from South Africa

It makes little sense to leave your retirement annuities in South Africa when considering emigration. 1. Move your South African retirement annuities offshore It makes little sense to leave your retirement annuities in South Africa when considering emigration. Amended...

Emigration – explained in simple English

Emigration – explained in simple English

There are tens of thousands of South Africans living abroad, gainfully employed, paying taxes, with social security numbers and other local benefits courtesy of their work permits, who have not emigrated from South Africa. People mistakenly believe they’ve gone...

Exercise your retirement annuity investment options

Exercise your retirement annuity investment options

A fin24 report of 24 September 2006 quoted one million South Africans left the country “in the past ten years” – what the report failed to mention was the value in retirement annuities left behind. In those days there were no options … Two years after the report...

Retirement annuity transfer and Freedom of the City

Retirement annuity transfer and Freedom of the City

Freedom of the City of London was first recorded in the year 1237 as the highest honour the City can bestow on any person. The vast majority of City Freemen were represented by a broad cross-section of the population. Whilst a Freeman no longer enjoys rights or...

South Africa’s PPS members share in R4 billion profit

South Africa’s PPS members share in R4 billion profit

PPS Group – the largest South African company operating under the mutual model – a business owned by its members – announced a record 42% year-on-year increase in profit to R4,2 billion for distribution to its member base living all over the world. Members, on...

South African pension transfers demystified

South African pension transfers demystified

The word pension was first recorded in the 1520’s, meaning: a "regular payment in consideration of past service.” As a youngster I recall it was the older generation - people like my grandfather - who earned a pension. In the same way Hoover became the generic for a...

Do you know your South African tax status?

Do you know your South African tax status?

As an expat, still holding assets and other interests in South Africa, it’s in your interest to know your SARS tax status because you never know when you might need this information! The common ‘mistake’ people make when leaving the South Africa to go live abroad is...

What is financial emigration (formal emigration)?

What is financial emigration (formal emigration)?

By Mariette Janse van Rensburg Hundreds, if not thousands, of South Africans living abroad who are gainfully employed, paying their taxes, holding social security numbers and enjoying other local benefits courtesy of their work permits, have...

Financial emigration: will I lose my citizenship?

Financial emigration: will I lose my citizenship?

Is the fair, and generally first, question people want an answer to when financial emigration comes up for discussion… The answer is no - short and sweet. Allow us be the myth busters because this is a question we have to answer on a daily basis. Citizenship is a...

Budget Speech 2014: good news

Budget Speech 2014: good news

South Africans living overseas pay less tax Finance Minister Pravin Gordon’s tax announcement gave back more than South African taxpayers living overseas expected … Effective 1 March 2014, expats will pay less tax when withdrawing the full value of their retirement...

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