The financial derivatives market is by its very nature extremely innovative and new financial instruments are constantly being developed. Financial derivatives, in particular poses a threefold challenge to taxation, i.e. the character of derivative income; the jurisdiction to tax derivatives; and when derivative income is taxed. As such, this dissertation is a discussion on the taxation of financial derivative instruments and seeks to answer the question whether or not the South African tax dispensation can adequately cater for the taxation of financial derivatives.
Firstly, the reader is introduced to the most common types of derivative instruments as well as the transactions in which they are utilised. Practical examples are also provided so as to illustrate each derivative contract and/or transaction in question. Secondly the ordinary South African tax principles are discussed with a focus as to their applicability in the taxation of financial derivatives. Thirdly, and by having regard to the position in the United Kingdom, this dissertation answers the aforementioned question by identifying the weaknesses in the South African tax dispensation and providing proposals as to how such weaknesses, in relation to the taxation of financial instruments, can be remedied.
Mini Dissertation (LLM)--University of Pretoria, 2015.