Two-pot retirement system to start out on 1 September 2024

The brand new date for the implementation of the two-pot retirement system will give stakeholders extra time to get their techniques prepared.

The 2-pot retirement system will now solely be applied on 1 September 2024 and never on 1 March subsequent yr, based on an settlement between the minister of finance and the portfolio committee on finance in parliament.

The system will divide members’ contributions into two clear classes: two-thirds will go in direction of necessary retirement financial savings, whereas one-third will probably be designated for a financial savings pot, providing the choice of annual withdrawals to assist with unexpected monetary challenges. 

Authorities initially stated in 2022 that the implementation date can be 1 March 2024. Nevertheless, within the lead-up to this yr’s Medium Time period Funds Coverage Assertion in October, Nationwide Treasury signalled a postponement of the implementation date to March 2025 to offer the business and South African Income Service (Sars) the chance to arrange their techniques.

Nevertheless, the portfolio committee voted just lately to maneuver implementation again to 1 March 2024. The business then expressed its issues that it might not be prepared, however customers who’ve been ready eagerly to entry part of their pension financial savings have been blissful that they might not have to attend a lot longer.

Yesterday, a letter from finance minister Enoch Godongwana was learn in parliament that the finance committee approves the implementation of the two-pot retirement system to be postponed to permit all stakeholders to get their techniques in place.

“To allow withdraws from the financial savings element on the date of implementation, funds should apply for the right tax fee for the withholding tax. This could be executed via a directive type the Sars. Sars indicated that it wants not less than six months after promulgation of laws to place such a system in place,” Godongwana stated within the letter.

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Trade welcomes the brand new date for the two-pot retirement system

Michelle Acton, retirement reform govt at Outdated Mutual welcomed Treasury’s announcement that it might transfer the implementation date to 1 September 2024, which is in one of the best curiosity of all stakeholders.

“This new timeline presents a balanced window for all concerned events to arrange adequately. We admire authorities’s attentiveness to the business’s suggestions and dedication to make sure a seamless transition for the two-pot retirement system.”

She emphasised that the choice allowed Outdated Mutual, alongside important companions like Sars, enough time to finish essential system builds and procedural updates.

Acton stated this was notably essential for facilitating early withdrawal claims below the brand new system, a course of depending on finalising and gazetting the Draft Income Legal guidelines Modification Invoice and the Pension Funds Modification Invoice.

As well as, she underlined that from the time the legal guidelines have been gazetted, retirement funds would wish not less than six months to finalise constructing the brand new system and constructions required to facilitate withdrawals for members.

She stated collaborative efforts on this interval is essential.

“This prolonged timeframe is a testomony to our collective dedication to delivering a well-prepared and environment friendly system. It ensures we are able to present one of the best service to South Africans who depend on these funds.”

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