As contentious as the issue may be, the reality of life for those retiring or approaching retirement in South Africa is that savings in whatever form, including a retirement fund lump sum and tax-free investments are taxable.
Recently retrenched? You might have been overtaxed. Retrenchments over the past 12 to 18 months are specifically at risk of having been incorrectly treated for tax purposes, particularly so-called “voluntary retrenchments”.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) met on 26 - 28 March 2018 to deliberate an interest rate stance that anchors inflation to the middle of the 3 - 6% target rate.