Retirement Annuity Or Tax-Free Savings Account?

Satrix, South Africa’s pioneering index-tracking provider, has proudly partnered with Money Smart Week 2022 to explain the differences between a retirement annuity and tax-free savings account. 

“Both a retirement annuity (RA) and a tax-free savings account (TFSA) save you tax, but in different ways,” explains Duma Mxenge, Business Development Manager at Satrix. “Your RA is a pension funding vehicle, and by contributing to it, your taxable income is reduced, which is an immediate tax saving in your monthly income in comparison to your TFSA. Your TFSA gives you tax relief at the end of the savings period by saving you from paying capital gains tax, tax on interest income and dividends tax.” 


In the tables below, Satrix outlines the rules and restrictions for each option.  





Satrix Investments (Pty) Ltd is an approved FSP in term of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act (FAIS). The information does not constitute advice as contemplated in FAIS. Use or rely on this information at your own risk. Consult your Financial Adviser before making an investment decision. 

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