Individual offshore allowances

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service: Individual offshore allowances
Individual Offshore Allowances provide you with a mechanism to transfer your funds offshore in order to invest in offshore portfolios. These portfolios include but are not limited to investments, property and bank accounts.

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The South African Reserve Bank allows an individual to transfer up to R11 million offshore each year as follows:

  • a single Discretionary Allowance of R1 million per calendar year; and
  • a Foreign Investment Allowance of R10 million per calendar year (a Tax Clearance Certificate from SARS, which is valid for 12 months, is required for this allowance), both allowances are available to taxpaying South African residents who are at least 18 years of age.

We can add value to this process, using our experience and expertise to:

  • facilitate the transfer on your behalf, we conclude the whole administration process (opening bank accounts, FICA and facilitating tax clearance applications).
  • achieve favourable exchange rates for you, by using our scale and relationships as an intermediary that is affiliated with various banking partners.
  • provide you with expert advice on timing the market, to ensure you get the most out of your rand (please note this may contain some risk)

FX for travel

We are also able to assist you with foreign currency (notes) for travel purposes. If you require a particular currency for your upcoming international travel arrangements, we can assist you in obtaining this. We offer a streamlined process, favourable exchange rates and a personal touch. We are able to transact in all major currencies and will also arrange secure delivery of the currency.

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