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Base Cost

Definition of Base Cost

Base cost means the cost of an asset against which any proceeds (the price) upon disposal (sale) are compared in order to determine whether a capital gain (a profit) or loss has been realised.

Base cost includes those costs actually incurred in acquiring, enhancing or disposing of a capital asset that are not allowable as a deduction from income.

The following are included in the base cost of an asset: Acquisition cost, Incidental costs of acquisition and disposal, Capital costs of maintaining title or right to an asset and/or Cost of improvements or enhancements. See the SARS definition for more detail.


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