FAQ: What is the foreign tax credit limit for individuals?

The rebate is limited to the foreign tax payable and may not exceed the result of the following formula: Total Normal Tax in South Africa x taxable foreign income / total taxable income. If the total foreign tax paid exceeds the limitation amount, the excess amount may be carried to the following tax year. But a loss incurred in carrying on a business outside South Africa may not be set off against income in South Africa.

The amount of foreign tax payable must be converted to South African currency at the last day of the tax year by applying the average rate for that tax year.Foreign income is converted to Rands by applying the spot exchange rate at the date the income accrues and non-trading trusts may elect to apply the average exchange rate for that tax year.

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