Ramaphosa signs off on 3 new tax laws

President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially signed three new tax bills into law.

The tax proposals were first announced by the former minister of finance, Malusi Gigaba, in his annual National Budget Speech delivered on 21 February 2018.

You can find a breakdown of each bill below.

Zero-rated products 

The Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Act gives effect to significant tax proposals including:

  • Changes in tax rates and monetary thresholds;
  • Excise duties on alcoholic beverages and tobacco products;
  • An increase in the VAT rate from 14% to 15%.

This Act also gives effect to consequential proposals that were announced in the 2018 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), such as the zero-rating of white bread flour, cake flour and sanitary pads.

These proposals followed the work of an independent panel of experts, established by the minister of finance, to investigate potential mechanisms of mitigating the impact of the VAT rate increase on poorer households, after a lengthy public consultation process.


The Taxation Laws Amendment Act deals with technical and anti-avoidance measures aimed at forcing certain taxpayers to cease using certain tax planning techniques that have an adverse effect on the amount of taxes available for collection.

Review of VAT rate

The Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act contains tax proposals that are technical and administrative in nature.

It also contains a consequential amendment, proposed by the standing committee on finance, that requires the minister of finance to evaluate the impact of the VAT rate increase on revenue collection and the poor.

The minister of finance will be expected to table a report in Parliament by no later than 30 June 2021.

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Ramaphosa signs off on 3 new tax laws