Q: Where can we get
more information on the tax treatment of income protection policies introduced
by the Taxation Laws Amendment Act 2013, taking effect on 1 March 2015?
A:Section 10(1)(gI) of the Income
Tax Act(ITA) was inserted as an exemption to exclude from income tax insurance
policy benefits as a result of illness or disablement for which no income tax
deduction was available. In this regard section 11(r) of the ITA was inserted
to prohibit such deduction of the premium. A taxable benefit will also apply to
any premiums paid by an employer for the benefit of or on behalf of the
employee in terms of para 2(k) read with 12C of the Seventh Schedule of the
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Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.