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Tax on UK pensions for expats who are resident in South Africa?

Posted 6 April 2015 under Tax Questions


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Jamie says:
25 March 2015 at 15:14

I am a 49 year old UK citizen with a national health service pension and a private pension (SIPP). I am planning to emigrate to South Africa and (being married for 7 years to a South African Citizen) become a South African citizen. We plan to work and then retire in South Africa. As I will no longer be a UK resident my pensions will be paid gross of UK income tax. How will the lump sums and monthly payments be taxed in South Africa?

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
26 March 2015 at 19:51

The pension received from the UK will be exempt from tax in SA. Bringing in a lumpsum will also be tax free, however the investment income earned on this in South Africa will be subject to tax.


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