Please note this article was sponsored by Fairtree CapitalThe main points:A taxpayer can make an investment in a Section 12J company and this investment is 100% tax deductible if held for a period of 5 years or longer.If the taxpayer is an individual with a marginal tax rate of 45% or a trust, the taxpayer can invest R1 million and will effectively be paying R550 000 (R1 million - R450 000) for the investment since the full investment amount is tax deductible in the year of investment (provided the taxpayer has taxable income of R450 000 or more).A company (excluding a SBC which will be taxed at different rates) can invest R1 million and effectively be paying R720 000 (R1 million - R280 000) for the investment since the full investment amount is tax deductible in the year of investment (provided the company has taxable income of R280 000 or more).When the section 12J investment is realised in the future, the base for the capital gain will be 0 due to the initial benefit of 100% tax deductibility.What is a Section 12J company?
The government has identified small and medium-sized entities (SMEs) as a major contributor to future economic growth. One factor that hampers the growth of SMEs is a lack of access to equity funding.
In order to alleviate this problem the government has added Section 12J to the South African Income Tax Act as a catalyst for equity funding for SMEs. Section 12J provides a marketing vehicle to venture capital companies (VCCs) due to the tax incentive.