5. Special base cost rules
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On 1 October 2001 Treasury implemented Capital Gains Tax into our South African tax legislation. Prior to this date, any profits on the disposal of capital assets were not subject to tax. When a capital asset is sold it will result in either a taxable capital gain that will be included in a taxpayer’s taxable income or an assessed capital loss that should be carried forward to the next year of assessment.
Capital Gains Tax (“CGT”) is regarded as a tax on income (gains that are capital in nature) and is therefore subject to normal tax. CGT is not a separate tax and is incorporated into the Income Tax Act. The Eighth Schedule of the Income Tax Act provides principles and rules to determine the CGT consequences of the disposal of assets. Section 26A forms the link between the Act and the Eighth Schedule by including taxable capital gains into taxable income.
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