Capital Gains Tax Calculator

Introducing our Capital Gains Tax Calculator, a powerful tool to help you calculate the capital gains tax on your investments in South Africa. This calculator provides a comprehensive breakdown of your investment details, including the cost of the asset, improvements, and sale, to determine your base cost and capital gain. You can also input your annual exclusion, inclusion rate, and tax bracket to calculate the taxable capital gains and capital gains tax owed as an individual. With the option to save as a TXT file or print to PDF, our Capital Gains Tax Calculator is a must-have for anyone looking to manage their investments and stay on top of their taxes.


















Here is some more detailed information and the steps to calculate Capital Gains Tax in South Africa:

  1. Determine the Base Cost: The base cost of the asset is the amount that you paid for it, plus any costs associated with buying or improving it, such as transfer costs, commissions, and renovations. To calculate the base cost, you need to add up the following:
    • The purchase price of the asset
    • Any transfer costs and fees associated with acquiring the asset
    • The cost of any improvements or renovations made to the asset
  2. Calculate Capital Gain or Loss: To calculate the capital gain or loss, you need to subtract the base cost from the selling price of the asset. If the selling price is lower than the base cost, you will have a capital loss.
    • Capital Gain: If the selling price is higher than the base cost, you will have a capital gain. You can calculate the capital gain by subtracting the base cost from the selling price.
    • Capital Loss: If the selling price is lower than the base cost, you will have a capital loss. You can calculate the capital loss by subtracting the selling price from the base cost.
  3. Apply Exclusions: There are some exclusions that can be applied to reduce the capital gain. You can apply the following exclusions, if applicable:
    • Annual Exclusion: There is an annual exclusion of R40,000 for individuals and R300,000 for primary residences. This means that the first R40,000 or R300,000 of the capital gain is not subject to tax.
    • Small Business Exclusion: If you are a small business owner, you may be eligible for a partial exclusion of up to R1.8 million of the capital gain.
    • Asset Exclusions: There is a complete exclusion for certain types of assets, such as government bonds.
  4. Determine the Inclusion Rate: The inclusion rate determines how much of the capital gain will be subject to tax. For individuals and special trusts, the current inclusion rate is 40%, while for companies, it is 80%.
  5. Calculate the Taxable Capital Gain: To calculate the taxable capital gain, you need to multiply the capital gain by the inclusion rate. This will give you the amount of the capital gain that is subject to tax.
    • Taxable Capital Gain = Capital Gain x Inclusion Rate
  6. Calculate the Tax Owed: Once you have determined the taxable capital gain, you can calculate the amount of tax owed by multiplying the gain by the applicable tax rate, which ranges from 18% to 45%.
    • Tax Owed = Taxable Capital Gain x Applicable Tax Rate

It’s important to note that there are different rules and rates for certain types of assets, such as shares and property, and that CGT is only payable on assets sold or disposed of after 1 October 2001. Also, keep in mind that the information provided is general in nature and may not apply to your specific circumstances. It’s always best to consult a tax professional for personalized advice.

Here is some more information regarding the progressive tax bracket system for for calculating the applicable tax rate:

For individuals, the current CGT tax rates are as follows:

  • For taxable capital gains below R40,000, no tax is payable.
  • For taxable capital gains between R40,001 and R300,000, the tax rate is 18%.
  • For taxable capital gains between R300,001 and R1,500,000, the tax rate is 27%.
  • For taxable capital gains above R1,500,000, the tax rate is 40%.

For companies, the tax rate is a flat 22.4% on the taxable capital gain.

It’s important to note that these rates are subject to change based on government policy and may differ for certain types of assets. It’s always best to consult a tax professional for personalized advice on your specific situation.

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