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Trust Registration

Do you need to Register a Trust in South Africa?

Our Trust Specialist and Lawyer will draft your Trust according to
South Africa’s Trust Act within 48 hours and then do your Trust
Registration in the quickest possible timeframe starting at R2490.


The Trust registration document is called a Trust Deed in South Africa. All Trust Deeds need to: (1) Be drafted according to the Trust Property Control Act 57 of 1988. (2) Registered as a Legal Entity. Once registered, you can transfer your assets into the Trust. Registering a Trust enables you to protect the trust’s assets within the entity. It also allows you to gain Tax Advantages as well as protect the financial well-being of your dependents.

Do you need to Register a Trust in South Africa?
Find the right Trust service below:

You can order it online here or you can call our Toll-Free number (0800 007 269).
A consultant will answer all your questions and walk you through the simple sign-up steps.
Standard Trust
  • Standard Trust Deed Documents
  • (1) Minimum of 3 Trustees (Members);
  • (2) An Auditor*
  • Timeframe: 48h
R 2490
Once Off
Custom Trust
  • Custom Trust and Registration
  • (1) Minimum of 3 Trustees (Members);
  • (2) An Auditor*
  • Timeframe: 48h for Documents / 3-weeks for Registration.
R 5990
Once Off

Additional Important Information

Standard Family Trusts is sufficient for most of our clients. If you however need a Trust with various special clauses or a Business Trust, our Attorney will have to draft a Custom Trust for you.

*You will need an official Trust Auditor on your Trust Deed, and after your Trust Registration is completed you’ll need specialised ‘Trust Accounting’. We have Trust Accounting Specialists who can assist with all the Accounting Maintenance required for a trust after registration. We will quote you in addition if you require these services.

Additional Fees: A fee of R250 will need to be paid over to the Masters Office upon registration of the trust. This fee is not included in our service fee.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Advantages of a Trust Registration?

Protection of Your Assets & Tax Advantages:

Should you or a trustee become insolvent, a trust’s assets will be protected within the registered entity. Apart from the security of the Trust, you can also get certain tax advantages within a Trust structure.

Protect the financial well-being of your family – but keep your ‘hand on the wheel’:

A Trust can protect the financial well being of your dependants. With your Trust Registration, you can outline your terms and conditions or rules and simplify your estate administration, should the time come that you are no longer able to do this yourself.

What are the Main Benefits of Trust Registration?

1. To protect and administer assets that are intended for the trustees/beneficiaries.
2. Your personal estate is separate to that of the trust’s assets and will not be considered for the purpose of estate duties.
3. Should you for any reason become insolvent, the assets in the name of the trust are protected from your personal capacity and, therefore, cannot be obtained by creditors.
4. The trust assets are unaffected should one of the trustees pass away. There is continuity in a trust and the concept does not come to an end.
5. To pay and manage income benefits to beneficiaries (your dependants or family).

What to consider when setting up a Trust?

1. A minimum of at least 3 trustees are recommended, one of which should be an independent trustee – usually an accountant, attorney, or auditor.
2. A Trust will still be subject to a compliance obligation, where Annual Financial Statements will need to be compiled by a registered accountant/accounting officer, as well as tax returns that will need to be filed and submitted at SARS.
3. You will need to keep clear record of all decisions made within the trust.
4. A bank account will need to be set up in the name of the trust to account for any transactions by the Trust.

What are the different Trust structures?

1. The Vesting or Discretionary Family Trust. This trust is set up between the founders and trustees whereby the founder’s assets are donated or sold to the trust. This creates a loan account. Should the assets be donated to the trust – there will be donation tax imposed on the trust. This trust also allows for additional assets to be acquired by inheritance or purchase.
2. The Business Trust. A business trust allows for a business to maintain operations with the intent of making a profit. A private business trust can be set up, and the trust capital holds vesting rights.
3. The Charitable Trust. This trust is protected by the income tax act and does not need to pay tax.
4. Special Trusts. A special trust may only be set up for a mentally ill person or someone who has a serious physical deformity. It is intended to protect the interests of someone who is described in the Mental Illness Act 18 of 1973.

What Taxes apply to a Trusts in South Africa?

Depending on the type of trust, different types of Tax contributors require by SARS.

Family Trusts are not subject to Capital Gains Tax on the assets placed in the trust, but the Trust itself is taxed at a flat rate of 45% on the income received from the assets within the Trust.

Special trusts are taxed on a sliding scale from 18% to 45% (same as natural persons).

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