New Immigration Regulations: Exemption from taxation still on the cards for foreigners

Following the backlash from the tax fraternity in response to the controversial Immigration Regulations which were published (and subsequently withdrawn) on 8 February this year, the Minister of Home Affairs wasted no time in amending and republishing new Immigration Regulations on 20 May.

The express reference to a tax exemption for foreigners earning more than R1 million per annum and working remotely in South Africa remains; however, it has undergone a slight modification. The Minister’s intention to appeal to foreign visitors by seemingly offering a six-month tax exemption endures, despite the negative reception of the previous Regulations.

Darren Britz

Partner & Head of Tax Legal

Bronwin Richards

Tax Attorney