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Determining a Taxable Capital Gain or an Assessed Capital Loss: Some Problems

Monday, 15 January 2007   (0 Comments)
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Determining a Taxable Capital Gain or an Assessed Capital Loss: Some Problems


Despite the South African legislature’s intention to introduce capital gains tax (CGT) as a simple and clear tax, it is an extremely complex tax. Several provisions of both the Eighth Schedule to the Income Tax Act 58 of 1962 and the Act itself have to betaken into account in determining whether a taxable capital gain or an assessed capital loss has arisen during the year of assessment. The application of these principles is often surrounded by uncertainty. Hence, the purpose  of this article is not only to provide an overview of some of the different provisions that have to be taken into account and the interaction between them, but also to highlight some of the problems arising from the application of the principles themselves.
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