NON-RESIDENT SELLERS OF IMMOVABLE PROPERTY
From 1 September 2007, a purchaser of immovable property (which has been disposed of in excess of R2 million) is obliged to withhold the amounts set out below from the purchase price payable, if the seller of the property is not resident in South Africa:
- 7.5% where the seller is a natural person(Previously it was 5%);
- 10% where the seller is a company; and
- 15% where the seller is a trust.
A non-resident seller of immovable property may be entitled to request that tax be withheld at a lower or even zero rate. The reasons why a sale would attract a lower rate of CGT will depend on the facts of the particular case, for example, the person may be fully exempt from CGT or in the case of an individual, have a low level of taxable income or have disposed of the property at a loss.
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