INCREASE OF THE OFFICIAL INTEREST RATE ANNOUNCED
The monetary policy committee (MPC) of the South African Reserve Bank has decided to increase the repo rate for the first time in two years. The announcement was made on Thursday, 22 November 2018.
The repo rate is increased by 25 basis points to 6,75% per year, effective from 23 November 2018. This means that the rate at which the SARB lends to your bank has risen from 6,5% to 6,75%.
For employers, the official interest rate applicable to payrolls will be 7,75%.
The definition of “official interest rate” in the Seventh Schedule of the Income Tax Act means:
- In the case of a loan which is denominated in the currency of the Republic, the South African repurchase (repo) rate + 100 basis points; or
- In the case of a loan which is denominated in any other currency, the South African repurchase rate applicable in that currency +100 basis points.
Where a new repurchase rate or equivalent rate is determined, the new interest rate applies for the purposes of this definition from the first day of the month following the date on which that new repurchase rate or equivalent rate comes into operation.
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