Contribute more to your retirement savings, end up with a much better pension, and save on your tax bill

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Shreekanth Sing, Technical Legal Adviser,
PSG Wealth


S. Sing

Let’s say you’re 28 years old, earning R30 000 a month and you have R70 000 in retirement savings. Now let’s look at the difference between contributing 5% and 10% of your monthly salary to your retirement fund from here on. 

Ideally you should retire with a pension equal to 75% of your last salary.  Working on your current income of R30 000 that means a pension of R22 500 a month.

If you only save 5% a month, you’ll wind up with a pension of R7 879 a month – far less than you’ll need.  But if you save 10% per month, you’ll have a pension of R14 594.   While still not ideal, it’s a much better outcome.  And because of certain tax incentives, you’ll pay less tax a month.

Granted, you’ll have less take home pay, even with the tax incentives – just over R1 000 less.  It sounds like a lot, but just look at the difference it makes in the long term.  And R1 000 is easier to find than you might think.  Are you spending R25 a day on a cappuccino?  That’s already R750.  Think about it!