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Retiring and Pensions

South Africa - Retiring and Pensions

Given the favorable exchange rate, South Africa remains a viable alternative for expatriate retirees. As is the case anywhere in the world, location is a major determining factor in price and properties can be found that range from $30,000 in middle-class areas to over $1,000,000 in the affluent areas of Johannesburg, and in the sought after coastal areas. A disparate array of properties are available in gated communities, serviced apartment complexes, suburbs and isolated farmland.

Pensions received from a foreign source and paid into a local bank account are not liable for tax though this dispensation is currently under review. South Africa holds fully ratified tax treaties with a number of countries, including Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, US, Thailand and Sweden.

Immigrants should be aware, however, that legislation and decisions made in their country of origin can affect their pensions, such as was the case in 2003 when the pensions of almost half a million expatriate Britons were frozen.

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