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Provisional Tax in South Africa

Provisional tax is a tax system in South Africa that requires individuals and businesses to pay estimated taxes regularly throughout the year rather than paying a lump sum at the end of the tax year. This system is in place to help taxpayers meet their tax obligations promptly and prevent tax evasion.


The provisional tax system in South Africa is based on the principle of "pay as you earn." This means taxpayers must pay estimated taxes regularly throughout the year based on their projected income for the tax year. The estimated taxes are based on the taxpayers' previous year's income and are adjusted for any expected changes in income for the current tax year.

When is Tax paid?

Provisional tax is typically paid in two installments, with the first installment due on August 31st and the second on February 28th. Taxpayers must submit a provisional tax return (IRP6) along with their estimated taxes for each installment. The return must be accompanied by a tax computation, which shows how the estimated taxes were calculated.

Wear and Tear Allowances

Wear and tear allowances are a form of tax deduction available to individuals and businesses for the expenses incurred from using assets in their trade or business. These allowances are intended to compensate for the gradual deterioration of the assets over time. They can be claimed for vehicles, tools and equipment, and office furniture and appliances. The allowance amount is based on a percentage of the asset's cost.


If a taxpayer's estimated taxes for the year turn out to be less than their actual tax liability, they will be required to pay additional taxes when they file their annual tax return. Penalties for failing to submit provisional tax returns or submitting them late can be severe. Taxpayers who fail to submit their returns on time may be subject to interest and penalties.

It is essential for taxpayers to understand the provisional tax system and to ensure that they submit their provisional tax returns on time and with accurate information. Take into consideration wear and tear allowances. Failing to do so can result in penalties and even criminal prosecution.

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