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How to Invest Tax Free* with OST

A tax-free investment account** is an invaluable addition to any investor's portfolio. Through it, you're able to take advantage of great tax breaks and use it for your own benefit and to give your loved one a gift that keeps on giving. 

The benefits of a TFIA account are:

  • No Securities Transfer Tax (STT).
  • No Capital Gains Tax (CGT) when you sell these products.
  • No Dividend Withholding Tax (DWT) on dividends earned.
  • No tax on interest earned.


Key features of the TFSA account are:

There is a R33 000 annual contribution limit and a R500 000 lifetime contribution limit. Selected Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) are suitable. Profits made in the TFIA account do not contribute to existing tax annual limits (interest and capital gains), and may be re-invested in the TFIA without utilising the contribution limit, provided they are not withdrawn.

There are penalties for exceeding the R33 000 annual contribution limit. It is your responsibility to ensure that your contributions do not exceed the limit imposed by regulations. Exceeding these limits will result in punitive taxation taken by SARS.


Trade costs for a TFIA

When you open a TFIA you will benefit from SBG Sec’s reduced brokerage rate of just 0.25% (excluding statutory charges). The table below gives you an indication of the costs associated with some of the more common monthly investment amounts:







Total Transaction Cost





















R30 000.00





How do you open an account?

SBG Sec offers clients the option of opening a TFIA through either their Standard Online Share Trading (OST) platform or alternatively through The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited’s (Standard Bank) Internet Banking portal (SBSA IBP). Both options allow you to trade all listed instruments that have been TFIA approved.


Option 1: TFIA through OST.

To register:

To open a TFIA through OST, the OST account must be in the name of an individual (not a company, trust or partnership) and relevant FICA documents must be up to date.

If you already have an OST account, follow these easy steps:

  • Login to your OST account.
  • Go to ‘My Account’ on the Home Page.
  • Click on ‘Product Registration’.
  • Click on ‘TFIA Registration’.
  • Complete the form and select ‘Open Account’.

If you do not have an OST account, please go to to find out more.


Account fees

There is no additional charge to open the account on OST. This is already included in the monthly administration fee of your OST account.


How it works

Investing in a TFIA through the OST platform has numerous benefits. These are primarily because you have access to the full suite of features that OST offers.

Some of the major features of OST are:

  1. Direct market access to trade selected instruments. This means that you can buy and/or sell shares real-time, whenever the markets are open with full control of price and quantity.
  2. Live pricing and real-time portfolio updates.
  3. Access to full price history of all listed instruments, company information and ratios, charting tools, and our comprehensive educational resources.

You may deposit up to R33 000 into the TFIA per tax year, either as a once off payment, or in smaller incremental amounts of your choice. Once your cash has been deposited into your TFIA there is no minimum investment amount into any of the available TFIA instruments.

Your cash can be divided among these TFIA instruments as you wish with the remaining balance earning interest at the JSET rate.


Reinvestment and dividends

All proceeds of the TFIA investment after your initial contribution are tax-free, and can be re-invested without counting towards your annual and/or lifetime contribution limits.


For more informatiuon on the benefits of a tax-free investment account check out our TFIA Infographic:  and to learn more about the benefits of tax-free investments, take a look at this webinar: Investing in tax-free ETFs.


Option 2: TFSA through the Standard Bank Internet Banking Portal (SBSA IBP)


To register:

To open a TFSA through SBSA IBP you must be an individual (not a company, trust or partnership), in addition to having a Standard Bank Internet Banking account.

Follow these easy steps:

  • Login to your Internet Banking.
  • Click on the ‘TFSA’ tab.
  • Click on ‘Register’.
  • Complete the online registration form.
  • Click on ‘Continue’.

Account fees

There is R10 monthly fee (inclusive of V.A.T).


How it works

You select the listed securities you would like to invest in, with a minimum of R250 per instrument. SBG Sec will buy the required quantity and, based on the price it pays for the instrument on the day of purchase, SBG will allocate the instruments to your TFSA. Please note that all buy instructions will only be actioned by SBG Sec on the 25th of every month.


Buy instructions may be submitted at any time! – Kindly ensure it’s no later than 23h00 the day before the 25th business day.


Your nominated bank account will then be debited with the amount required to purchase the investments. If the 25th day falls on a weekend or a public holiday, the purchase will be made on the following business day.



*Terms and conditions apply.
**Please note that this is a product provided by SBG Securities Proprietary Limited (Reg. No. 1972/008305/07). SBG Securities is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Standard Bank Group Limited, an authorised user of the JSE Limited and an authorised Financial Services Provider (FSP No. 26691). For more information on SBG Securities please go to To find out more about a TFSA account kindly contact 0860 121 161 or email [email protected]
The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited (Reg. No. 1962/000738/06). Authorised financial services provider and registered credit provider.
Standard Online Share Trading, a division of SBG Securities Proprietary Limited (“SBG Sec”) has made every effort to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in this document. The information, tools and material presented in this document are provided to you for information purposes only and are not to be used or considered as an offer or the solicitation of an offer to sell or to buy or subscribe for shares or other financial instruments and must not be deemed as such. The information is not intended as advice and no warranty express or implied is made as to the accuracy, correctness or  completeness of the information, which is subject to change at any time after publication without notice. Should the information lead you to consider entering into any transaction in relation to the financial product (“the product”) you must take note of the following: There are intrinsic risks involved in transacting in any of the products. No guarantee is provided for the investment value in the product. Any forecasts based on hypothetical data are not guaranteed and are for illustrative purposes only. Returns may vary as a result of their dependence on the performance of underlying assets and other variable market factors. Past performances are not necessarily indicative of future performances. Unless a financial needs analysis has been conducted to assess the appropriateness of the product, investment or structure to your unique particular circumstance. SBG Sec cautions you that there may be limitations on the appropriateness of the information for your purposes and you should take particular care to consider the implications of entering into the transaction, Either on your own or with the assistance of an investment professional. Nothing in this document constitutes investment, legal, accounting or tax advice or a representation that any investment or strategy is suitable or appropriate to your individual circumstances or otherwise constitutes a personal recommendation to you. There may be various tax implications to consider when investing in a product and you must be aware of these implications before investing. SBG Sec does not accept liability for tax treatment by any court or by any authorities in any jurisdiction in relation to any transaction based on the information. It is strongly recommended that you seek appropriate independent professional advice before acting on any information contained herein, as SBG Sec provides no opinion or advice including investment, tax or legal and makes no representation or warranty about the suitability of a product for a particular client or circumstance. Whilst every care has been taken in preparing this document, no representation, warranty or undertaking, express or implied, is given as to the accuracy or completeness of the information or representations. All information contained herein is subject to change after publication at any time without notice. Any transaction that may be concluded pursuant to this document shall be in terms of and confirmed by the signing of appropriate documentation, on terms to be agreed between the parties. This document creates no liability or obligation on SBG Sec. SBG Sec may have effected or may effect transactions for its own account in any investment outlined in this document or any investment related to such an investment. This document may provide the addresses to websites. Except to the extent to which this document refers to website material of SBG Sec, SBG Sec has not reviewed the linked site and takes no responsibility for the content contained therein. Accessing such website/s or following such link/s shall be at your own risk.
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Frequent Visitor

Good day,

How does the product work on the new internet banking?

Since being forced to use new internet banking, I cannot do anything on TFIA nor can I view it?

Problem has been ongoing for over 2 months

Do I need to be moved back to old internet banking?

Please assist


Baring the first year of offer, I was not able to get the TFSA option to work on my Online Banking platform (both new and old). After much enquiries, I subsequently found that Standard Bank Online Banking, had "transferred (without telling me) my TFSA accounts to Standard Bank Online Trading - but for unknown reasons, had not linked the TFSA accounts to my Online Trading Account. Once I figured out that this had happened, the TFSA accounts on the Online Trading Platform are a lot easier to use - so maybe that's a solution - open them on the Online Trading platform. On another note - I would still love Standard Bank (whichever division manages the TFSAs) to allow the purchase of selected shares (like the FNB site allows for).
Frequent Visitor
but don't you have to pay a fee for OST i.e. R99 per month? With TFIA on intenet banking it was R10 per month which I cannot use
Frequent Visitor
Where is the TFSA tab on the 'new' internet banking platform?
Community Coordinator

Hello @pm,


We have included the link for you here:,-tax-free.


Please do let us know should you need further assistance on this.