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Public Benefit Organisation

What is a PBO?

Generally this is an organisation that does not work for profit and does not pay tax in or out of South Africa. The organisation is most likely involved with charitable work.

  1. which is -
    1. a non-profit company as defined in section 1 of the Companies Act, 2008 (Act No. 71 of 2008), or a trust or an association of persons that has been incorporated, formed or established in the Republic; or
    2. any branch within the Republic of any company, association or trust incorporated, formed or established in any country other than the Republic that is exempt from tax on income in that other country;
  2. of which the sole or principal object is carrying on one or more public benefit activities, where -
    1. all such activities are carried on in a non-profit manner and with an altruistic or philanthropic intent;
    2. no such activity is intended to directly or indirectly promote the economic self-interest of any fiduciary or employee of the organisation, otherwise than by way of reasonable remuneration payable to that fiduciary or employee; and
  3. where -
    1. each such activity carried on by that organisation is for the benefit of, or is widely accessible to, the general public at large, including any sector thereof (other than small and exclusive groups);


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