Retirement Annuities

What is a Retirement Annuity?

A Retirement Annuity (RA) is a savings structure / product aimed at individuals who wish to save for their retirement. It is governed by legislation that enables the investor (you) the benefit of tax deductions for making provision for your retirement. Beanstalk provides access to "new generation, Unit Trust-based RA's" in the form of the Allan Gray Retirement Annuity Fund administered by Allan Gray Investment Services Proprietary Limited. This retirement annuity is both flexible and transparent as it is invested into Collective Investments (previously called Unit Trusts), and allows the investor a great deal of flexibility to increase, decrease, stop and restart their premiums without penalty.

Understanding the tax benefits of a Retirement Annuity

The Income Tax Act allows investors to deduct, annually, their contributions to a Retirement Annuity the greater of:

  • A minimum tax deduction of R1,750
  • or R3,500 less any contributions made to a pension fund
  • or 15% of your non-retirement funding income less allowable deductions
An example...

Let's say Jack earns R20,000 per month and assume he is not a member of any Pension Fund. Jack may contribute R3,000 per month into a RA and receive a full tax deduction. In other words, he will only be taxed on R17,000 (R20,000 less R3,000).

In addition to the above tax deduction, Jack will also not pay tax on any interest or dividends earned within the Retirement Annuity Fund. Furthermore, any capital gain realised is excluded from capital gains tax.

Another benefit is that in the event of Jack's death, his RA falls outside of his estate, and the proceeds will be paid to financial dependents based on the decision of the Trustees, which means the value of the RA will not attract estate duty, capital gains tax nor executor's fees.

Retirement Annuities are also protected against creditors.

Understanding how a Retirement Annuity is Redeemed

You may retire from a Retirement Annuity from the age of 55. When you retire from the fund:

  1. You may access 1/3 (one third) of your capital in cash, of which the first R500,000 is tax free. Any portion of this amount is taxed using an increasing tax scale. This capital is referred to as a lump sum retirement. See below for information about the current tax rates on withdrawals.
  2. The remaining 2/3's (two thirds) must be used to purchase an Income Annuity. The choices include a Life Annuity or Living Annuity, both of which are products that pay you a regular income which is taxable as income.
Taxable income from lump sumRate of tax
R0 – R500,000 0%
R 500 001 – R 700 000 18% of amount exceeding R 500 000
R 700 001 – R 1 050 000 R 36 000 plus 27% of amount exceeding R 700 000
R 1 050 001 and above R 130 500 plus 36% of amount exceeding R 1 050 000

NOTE: This table is applicable to all your Retirement Funds. Last updated March 2014.

Call us on 021 828 2890 or email us if you require further explanation or would like advice on the structuring of your retirement benefits.

What risks am I taking?

The value of your unit trust is directly linked to the market value of the underlying investments and is not guaranteed (i.e. it may move up and down). Past performance of the underlying investments is not necessarily a guide to the future. You carry the risk of market losses. See our explanations of Aggressive, Moderate and Conservative Risk Profiles to put this into perspective.

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?What is Regulation 28

Regulation 28 is legislation that prevents investors in Retirement Annuities from selecting and investing in investments that carry too much risk. On Beanstalk you are therefore limited to only the Moderate and Conservative risk profile funds. If you want a higher risk profile you need to invest directly into a unit trust which doesn't carry the same tax benefits that a retirement annuity does.

Some of the guidelines of Regulation 28 include a maximum risk exposure of a fund to:

  • 75% in equities
  • 25% in property
  • 25% in foreign assets