As a result of globalisation there are endless business opportunities out there in the business world. South African tax residents may purchase shares in a foreign company as an investment which can lead to that company being effectively controlled in South Africa for South African tax purposes. When a controlled foreign company ceases to be a controlled by South African tax residents it is deemed to have disposed of its assets the day immediately before this event and certain exit tax charges should considered.
Sound tax policies are crucial to ensure stability in any tax system. Tax legislation may be amended from time to time in order to ensure this stability in the South African tax system. No research has been done on the practical implication of current amendments to legislation affecting a controlled foreign company when it ceases to be controlled in South Africa as a direct result of the issuing of new equity shares by the controlled foreign company to foreign investors.
The aim of this study was to discuss the current amendments to tax legislation affecting controlled foreign companies as well as the practical issues experienced by controlled foreign companies and South African tax residents. Furthermore, the study aims to demonstrate whether South Africa’s tax legislation is in line with the international norm by comparing the literature reviewed, the results of case study and information gathered through interviews to the United Kingdom’s tax legislation.
Dissertation (MCom)--University of Pretoria, 2014.