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How To Get a R1.8m CGT Exclusion When Selling Your Small Business.

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

The tax on capital gains directly affects investment decisions, the mobility and flow of risk capital... the ease or difficulty experienced by new ventures in obtaining capital, and thereby the strength and potential for growth in the economy” (John F. Kennedy)


Since October 2001 South African tax residents have been liable for capital gains tax (CGT) on the disposal or “deemed disposal” of assets, such as a business or a property. Events that trigger a disposal include a sale, donation, exchange, loss, death, and emigration. For individuals, the CGT rate is a stiff 18%. Download PDF here.