These are some of the changes you can expect when Budget
2018 comes into effect on 1 March.
1. Alcohol and
Taxes, known as excise duties, on the not so healthy items
in our baskets increase from 1 March 2018. A pack of 20 cigarettes will cost
R1.22 more and 25g of pipe tobacco will cost 38 cents more. Wine lovers will
pay 30 cents more for a 1 litre bottle, and when you’re celebrating with a bottle
of sparking wine you’ll need an extra 97 cents. Spirit drinkers will pay R4.80
more for a 750ml bottle of their favourite tipple. Beer and cider drinkers need
deeper pockets too. 340ml cans of malt beer and cider increase by 14 cents.
2. Sugary beverages
Sugary drinks will be taxed if they contain more than 4g of
sugar per 100ml. You can find the sugar content on the drink’s nutrition label.
A 340ml can of a well-known soda contains 10g of sugar per 100ml. For every
gram over the 4g limit, an extra 2.1c is levied. Your can that cost R10 will
cost R10.12 from 1 April 2018.
3. Petrol and diesel
On 4 April the price of petrol will increase by 52 cents a
litre. 30 cents of this is for the road accident fund levy and 22 cents for the
general fuel levy.
4. Plastic bags and
incandescent light bulbs
The plastic bag levy increases to 12 cents a bag on 1 April,
and there’s an increase from R6 to R8 on incandescent light bulbs. Switching to
energy efficient light bulbs will save you some money.
5. Luxury goods such
as electronics, cosmetics, smart phones and golf balls
These goods incur tax of between 5 and 7%, this will
increase to 7 – 9%.
6. Higher income
earners will pay more tax
If you earn less than R78 150 and are under 65 years you
won’t pay any income tax. This is known as the tax threshold. Over 65s don’t
pay tax if their income is lower than R121 000 and over 75s, R135 300.