COVID-19 Postponement of Payment of Certain Taxes

March 20, 2020
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The Commissioner for Revenue today announced a Tax Deferal Scheme intended to assist organisations cope with the problems they face as a result of the pandemic mitigation measures in place.

Eligible Tax: Provisional tax, Employee taxes, maternity fund payments and social security contributions, social security contributions of self-employed persons and Value Added Tax which fall due in March and April 2020.

Settlement period: Eligible taxes (excluding Vat) to be settled in four equal monthly instalments in the four month period between May and August 2020. VAT dues to be settled in two equal instalments with the two quarterly returns immediately following the quarter whose dues would have been deferred

Benefit: No interest or penalties to be charged in respect of eligible taxes that would have been deferred in terms of this scheme.

Beneficiaries: Companies and self-employed persons that suffer a significant downturn in their turnover as a result of the economic constraints arising from the coronavirus pandemic and, as a result face substantial cash flow  difficulties as identified in the online application form. Companies and self-employed persons not adversely hit are advised and encouraged not to avail themselves of this scheme. Ideally, eligible taxes should continue to be paid every month and on time because that would make for good business management.

Specifically excluded: Companies and self-employed persons which have failed to comply with their tax obligations (submission of documents / returns and payments) falling due by the 31st December 2019.

Forfeiture of benefit: The benefit granted under this scheme shall be forfeited if the beneficiary is found to be in breach of any of its terms and conditions making use of this scheme under false pretences. In case of forfeiture, beneficiaries will have to settle their dues as demanded by the Commissioner for Revenue and such payments shall be subject to interest or penalties as stipulated by law.

Such application is to be made not later than the 15th April 2020, please contact us to assist you to apply

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