4 November 2019
The select committee on finance has called for comment on the 2019 Tax Bills.
The Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill [B17-2019], Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB) [B18-2019] and the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill (TALAB) [B19-2019] were tabled in parliament last week.
The 2019 TLAB focuses on the following key tax proposals announced in the 2019 Budget Review:
• Aligning the effective date of tax neutral transfers between retirement funds with the effective date of annuitisation for provident funds
• Adjusting the withholding tax treatment of surviving spouses’ pensions to limit tax debts on assessment
• Addressing abusive arrangements aimed at avoiding the anti-dividend stripping provisions
• Clarifying the interaction between corporate reorganisation rules and other provisions of the Income Tax Act
• Refining the tax treatment of long-term insurers
• Refining investment criteria and anti-avoidance measures for the Special Economic Zone regime
• Limiting the allowable deduction for investors investing in a venture capital company
• Reviewing the controlled foreign company comparable tax exemption and addressing the circumvention of the anti-diversionary rules
• Reviewing section 72 of the VAT Act
The 2019 TALAB gives effect to the following key tax proposals:
• Removal of requirement to submit a declaration to a regulated intermediary in respect of tax free investments
• Authorisation for the Commissioner to prescribe rules relating to the making of advance foreign currency payments
• Alignment of time limitations on requesting refunds
• Model mandatory disclosure rules and non-compliance penalties
• Tax compliance certificates
Highlights in the 2019 Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill include changes in rates and monetary thresholds to the personal income tax tables, adjustments to the eligible income bands that qualify for the employment tax incentive and increases in excise duties for alcohol and tobacco.
Comment is invited until 21 November 2019.
Meanwhile, the standing and select committees on appropriations invite comment on the 2019 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), tabled in parliament on 30 October 2019.
According to the invitation, the committees are required to consider and report on the spending priorities, proposed division of revenue and proposed substantial adjustments to conditional grants over the next three years.
Joint public hearings are scheduled for 15 November 2019 on the 2019 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill and 29 November 2019 on the 2019 MTBPS and 2019 Adjustments Appropriation Bill.
Submissions on the 2019 Division of Revenue Amendment Bill are invited until 13 November 2019 while 22 November 2019 is the deadline for comment on the 2019 MTBPS and 2019 Adjustments Appropriation Bill.