Pensioners of the EPPF are former in-service members who retire from the service of the employer and draw a pension from the EPPFRead more
Pensioners of the EPPF are former in-service members who retire from the service of the employer and draw a pension from the EPPF
Eskom Pension and Provident Fund (EPPF) appoints first-ever female Chief Executive and Principal Officer
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Pensioners of the EPPF are former in-service members who retire from the service of the employer and draw a pension from the EPPF.
Children over the age of 21 (major children) or any other beneficiaries/nominees of a death benefit can renounce their benefit by completing the Renunciation of Benefits Claim Form. Click here to download the form and submit to the Fund.
Spouses of deceased members and pensioners of the EPPF, as well as qualifying children in receipt of a pension are beneficiaries of the EPPF.
The EPPF’s compulsory retirement age is 65 years. However, in-service members may retire early from age 63 without penalties, subject to the employer’s conditions of service. The benefit is based on 2.17% of the in-service member’s annual average pensionable salary over the last year before retirement, for each year of pensionable service.
An in-service member may retire early after reaching age 55 years. The benefit is a pension calculated in terms of a pension formula, reduced by the penalty factor of 3.9% per year for each year before age 63 years.
An in-service member may retire at any age as a result of ill-health, provided that the Board of Trustees approves a recommendation by the EPPF Medical Panel in this regard. The benefit is calculated by making provision for a pension based on the in-service member’s pensionable salary and pensionable service accrued up to the actual retirement date plus 75% of the service that would have been completed by the in-service member from that date to the pensionable age.
Death before retirement
On the death of an in-service member, a lump sum equal to twice the member’s annual pensionable salary is payable and distributed in terms of the provisions of Section 37C of the Pension Funds Act.
A widow/widower’s pension of the first 60% of the in-service member’s potential pension is payable to the deceased member’s spouse. The pension is calculated as if the in-service member had remained in service until age 65, based on the current pensionable salary.
A child’s pension of 30% of the pension to which the in-service member would have been entitled if he/she had remained in-service until the normal retirement date, in respect of one eligible child. The children’s pension will increase to 40% in respect of two or more eligible children.If there are no spouse’s or children’s benefits payable, a benefit will be paid to the in-service member’s estate equal to the greater of:- A lump sum equal to the in-service member’s annual pensionable salary;
-10% of the final average pensionable salary per year of pensionable service;
Twice the in-service member’s annual pensionable salary.
Death after retirement
On the death of a pensioner, a lump sum equal to R3000 is paid to the surviving spouse or the estate;
A pension to the surviving spouse equal to 60% of the deceased pensioner’s pension at retirement before commutation, including any subsequent increases;
A further pension of 30% (for one eligible child) or 40% (for two or more eligible children) of the deceased pensioner’s pension at retirement before commutation, including any subsequent increases, in respect of any eligible children.
If there is no spouse’s pension payable, the percentage in respect of a single eligible child is increased to 60% of the deceased pensioner’s pension at retirement before commutation, including any subsequent increases. For two or more eligible children, the total percentage is increased to 100% of the deceased pensioner’s pension at the time of retirement before commutation, including any subsequent increases.
If there are no spouse’s or children’s benefits payable, a benefit equal to the excess amount of the lump sum, as specified below, over the total benefits paid to the pensioner until the time of death is paid to the estate. The lump sum comprises the following:
- A lump sum of R3000;
The greater of the two following calculations:
i. Twice the annual pensionable salary at retirement, less the pension benefits received since retirement;
ii. The annual pensionable salary at retirement plus 10% of the final average pensionable salary per year of pensionable service, less pension benefits already received.
All members exiting the Fund are required to meet with a Retirement Fund Consultant (RFC) six months before their exit. The purpose of the counselling is to assist and provide you with information needed to make an informed decision when retiring. The RFC will also guide you as to what is required in the completion of the Retirement application form.
The member with the help of Human Resources (HR) must complete the application form.
This application form is used to process the pension as per the member’s instruction.
If previously divorced, members are encouraged to submit their divorce documents to the Fund to prevent delays in processing as the divorce documents are to be reviewed by the Fund’s legal team.
All documents requested on the application form must be provided to the Fund before the member’s exit where the quality assurance pertaining to the documents can be completed. These can be provided electronically.
The retirement application together with the documents are securely uploaded to EPPF’s system.
The EPPF will wait for the final confirmation and the last contribution. The contributions are received from the employer by the 7th of the month after your retirement and once allocated. Thereafter, the applicable interest rates are loaded at which time the claim processing commences.
The member’s final retirement calculation is done in accordance with the Fund rules.
The retirement calculation is sent to SARS to confirm the tax deductible on the benefit.
Cash lump sum
The member is paid the Nett cash lumpsum value if he/she has opted for that.
The arrear monthly pension is loaded along with any deductions as indicated by the member. Thereafter, the pension will run monthly by means of the EPPF’s payroll system.
The member is sent a welcome letter providing them with their monthly pension value and the tax certificate.
The card is produced and posted to members which enables them to get discounts, this could be store or region specific.
The Fund is notified of the death by a family member or via the monthly payroll which does an upload from the Department of Home Affairs.
The applicant needs to complete a Death Application form. This form provides information that the Fund requires to load the spouse and/or eligible children.
The applicant is to provide the Fund with the relevant supporting documents as indicated on the application.
The Fund uploads the application form and documents securely onto the EPPF’s administration system.
The final pension value is calculated in accordance with the rules of the Fund.
The monthly pension values along with any deductions as indicated on the application is loaded.
The arrear monthly pension is paid. Thereafter the pension is run by means of the EPPF’s payroll system on a monthly basis.
A payment letter is sent to the beneficiary(ries) providing them with the details of their monthly pension.
A payslip is provided to each recipient of a pension on a monthly basis.
The Fund is notified of the divorce by the non-member spouse (applicant).
The final divorce decree as granted by any court of law is sent to the Fund’s Legal team for their opinion on whether the divorce is legally binding on the Fund.
Legal department advises on how the divorce benefits should be calculated as stipulated on the final divorce order.
The Fund notifies the claimant of the outcome and sends the divorce application form (Form 3B) to the claimant for their completion.
The non-member spouse to submit the divorce application form together with an original certified copy of ID, marriage certificate, proof of bank account details and proof of SARS tax reference number.
The divorce application form together with the supporting documents are securely uploaded to the EPPF’s administration system.
The non-member spouse record is created for processing of the divorcer claim.
The non-member spouse divorce settlement calculation is done in accordance with the Fund rules.
The tax directive is requested from SARS.
Member is notified of the divorce claim and the impact on their pension benefit by email or telephone.
The nett amount after tax deduction is paid to the claimant bank’s account. If the claimant opted for their benefit to be transferred to an external fund, payment is made directly to the Fund and provide the Fund with poof of payment.
The non-member spouse payment letter and tax certificates is posted to the address provided.
Please complete a Consent to Receive Email Payslips and Correspondence form which is available via the member portal. Once you have completed the form, please fax or post it back to the EPPF. Click here to log on to the member portal and access the form.
The spouse’s pension is payable for the duration of your lifetime, regardless of whether you remarry or not.
Depending on the investment performance of the EPPF, the Board of Trustees may declare a bonus which is payable in December of that year. Pensioners are advised in December of each year whether a bonus is payable through a newsflash.
The Evidence of Survival (EOS) form is used by the EPPF to ascertain whether people in receipt of a pension from the EPPF, who live outside South Africa are still alive and are rightfully in receipt of a pension. EOS forms are sent out annually to pensioners living outside South Africa and pensioners have a few months in which to complete them from the date on which the form is sent to them.
The EPPF always advises pensioners of the opening and closing dates for EOS form submission. Should the EPPF not receive your form by the EOS submission closing date, your pension will be suspended until the form is received. Please contact the EPPF if you have not received an EOS form or log in to your profile to download the form.
There are various factors which contribute to your tax fluctuating:
In December there was a bonus paid so your tax deduction was different from other months;
In January there was a pension increase which also created a difference in tax payable;
In the February payroll medical aid contributions increased. Pensioners aged 65 years and older used to get a full medical aid rebate. However as medical aid contributions increase the taxable income decreases.
The new tax year begins in March. The Fund’s payroll system annualises tax based on the latest tax earnings and the last year’s tax tables. Since the Fund’s pension payroll runs in advance on the 1st of each month, new tax tables for the new tax year are always implemented in the April payroll. However, please note that the new tax tables implemented in April are implemented retrospectively to the March payroll as per tax changes announced in the budget speech. This means that your tax on the April payroll will include the March payroll deduction adjustments. Your tax should then stabilise from the May payroll onwards.
Section 18(2) of the Income Tax Act has been repealed. This means that pensioners who are 65 years and older are no longer granted the full medical aid rebate by the employer during the tax year. Instead they are granted the medical tax credits by the employer according to the number of dependants they have on their medical aid. The section of the Income Tax Act that deals with medical aid tax credits is section 6A of the Income Tax Act.
Medical aid medical aid expenses (such as medication, doctor’s consultations etc.) and tax credits in respect of expenses are granted during the assessment year of tax returns. Should it happen that the pensioner has paid too much tax due to medical expenses not being deductible by the employer; SARS will refund the excess to the pensioner.
Medical aid contributions and medical expenses are granted in terms of section 6B of the Income Tax Act.
The Medical Scheme Fees Tax Credit for individuals is a credit which applies in respect of contributions paid by the pensioner who has a taxable income up to the last day of the tax year to a registered medical scheme. The amount of credit is based on the following values per month in the year of assessment in respect of which the contributions were paid in respect of the pensioner, the pensioner’s spouse and any other dependants.
For the latest Medical Schemes Fees Tax Credit, click here.
The employer’s contribution is not disclosed on the payslip but it is disclosed on the tax certificate under the deduction code 4493. The pensioner’s own medical aid contributions are disclosed under code 4005. Both of these amounts are added to form the total medical aid contributions, which is listed under code 4497, the medical aid tax credits are disclosed on code 4116, the medical aid expenses will be disclosed on code 4120 as a zero value since EPPF is not privy to pensioner’s expenses so the medical expenses credit will be granted by SARS.
SARS gets this information when the Fund submits the tax certificates on the pensioners’ behalf during the employer annual submission time.
For taxable income rates, rebates and tax thresholds applicable to individuals for each financial year, visit the South African Revenue Services’ website: 2017/2018 taxable income rates on www.sars.gov.za.
Yes, you are still obliged to submit your returns as a confirmation of the information submitted by the employer on your behalf. In your instance, the EPPF represents the employer as the provider of a monthly income.
An AA88 is a garnishee order issued to the employer (the EPPF) against you by SARS for monies owed by yourself to SARS. Monies owed are usually due to non-submission of tax returns and non-payment of tax owed. An AA88 was previously referred to as an IT88.
When the employer or the EPPF receives this garnishee order it is required by law to comply and deduct the amount owed to SARS from your pension and pay it over to SARS on your behalf. This might affect your other deductions, as a SARS garnishee order takes precedence over other deductions.
Please contact your nearest SARS office to resolve your outstanding tax issues. You can contact SARS on 0800 00 72 77.
To change your banking details when you relocate to another country, you must submit the following documentation to us:
Original, certified copy of your identity document or passport
An original, completed, International Banking Form (IBF). The IBF must be completed by the bank to which you want to transfer your benefit, or by your foreign exchange service provider.
Log in to your profile to download the IBF.
Remember to also advise us of your change in address. Click here to update your address and other contact information.