Product Features – PPS Investments.
The PPS Retirement Annuity offers a tax-efficient and cost-effective retirement savings solution, structured from your selection of underlying unit trusts.
PPS RETIREMENT ANNUITY (Offered by PPS Investments)
The PPS Retirement Annuity is particularly suitable if you are self-employed, have irregular earning patterns or wish to supplement contributions to your corporate retirement plan, as you are able to stop, reduce and resume your retirement annuity (RA) contributions at any time without penalty. The tax deductibility of your investment contributions and a zero tax rate within the PPS Retirement Annuity are significant benefits, with the potential to ultimately enhance your overall level of retirement capital.
- Minimum investment
- Lump sum: R10 000
- Recurring: R 500 per month*
- Ad hoc: R5 000
*The minimum recurring debit order amount for a member under the age of 30 is R200 per month, which should be escalated to the normal minimum of R500 per month after the member’s 30th birthday.
You have access to a selection of premium single manager unit trusts as well as the multi-managed unit trusts and funds of funds managed by PPS Multi-Managers.
Subject to Fund rules, you may transfer your existing retirement annuity fund to the PPS Retirement Annuity by means of a Section 14 transfer. The rules of the PPS Retirement Annuity also allow you to transfer your investment from this Fund to another registered retirement annuity, should you wish to do so.
Access to your money
You may retire from the PPS Retirement Annuity at any stage after your 55th birthday but you may retire sooner if you are permanently disabled due to injury or illness or if the value of your investment is less than R7000. Upon retiring, you may withdraw one third of your capital (of which the first R500 000 will be tax-free), and use the remaining two thirds of the capital to purchase post-retirement income from a registered insurer.
You may change your selection of underlying unit trusts as often as you choose without incurring a transaction fee. However, should an asset manager charge an initial upfront fee for investment into its unit trusts, this fee would be applied should you switch to those unit trusts.
A PPS Retirement Annuity may not be ceded outright or partially, nor may it be used as security for debt.
You may not borrow from your PPS Retirement Annuity.
You may make annual tax-deductible contributions equal to the greater of:
• 27,5% of income;
• to a maximum of R350 000 per annum
As further tax incentives, the growth on your PPS Retirement Annuity does not attract capital gains tax or withholding tax on dividends. Interest, foreign dividends and rental income are also currently untaxed.
Upon retiring, you may withdraw one third of your accumulated funds (of which the first R500 000 will be taxfree), and use the remaining two thirds of the capital to purchase post-retirement income from a registered insurer.
Regulation 28 compliance
The PPS Retirement Annuity is required to comply with the Prudential Investment Guidelines of Regulation 28 of the Pension Funds Act and with Exchange Control legislation. As such, you are allowed maximum exposures of 75% of the investment amount to equity investments, 25% to property investments, 30% to international investments and 5% to African investments. This is applied on an individual member level as well as on an overall Fund level.
Board of Trustees
The PPS Retirement Annuity is governed by an independent Board of Trustees with extensive experience and understanding of retirement fund issues. The Board comprises a Chairman, a professional Principal Officer and several Trustees, all of whom are independent of the Fund’s sponsor (PPS Investments).
Should you die before you retire, the proceeds of your PPS Retirement Annuity will be distributed to your dependents or beneficiaries*, who may elect to take the full benefit or a portion as a lump sum and commute the remainder to a living annuity.
*Please note that the allocation to the beneficiaries is at the discretion of the Trustees, based on the Provision of section 37C of the Pension Funds Act, No. 24 of 1956. Your nomination will serve to assist the Trustees in making these decisions, but may not be binding on them.
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