If you think February 28th is the date your provisional tax needs to be in by, you’re wrong. SARS has changed it!

Simangele Mzizi, Fsp Business, 15 Dec. 2014

Tags: provisional tax, paying provisional tax, sars, provisional tax date

As the year draws to a close, you have a list of priorities for the year ahead.

If you’re a provisional taxpayer, provisional tax is near the top of your list.

After all, you must make your next payment on the 28th of February 2015, right?


The 28th is no longer the correct date. SARS has changed it. And it’s important you know the new date so you can still pay your provisional tax on time and avoid SARS penalties.

Keep reading to find out what the new date is…

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This is the new date for paying provisional tax

You must pay your provisional tax on the 27th of February 2015 and not on the 28th.
Next year, the 28th of February falls on a Saturday so SARS changed the date.
Remember, when it comes to provisional tax:
  • Your first payment is due by 31 August or six months after the approved year-end date;
  • Your second payment is due in February of the following year, or on the approved year-end date (this is the payment you must make on the 27th next Feb ); and
  • Your third payment (a voluntary top-up payment) is due by 30 September, or six months after the approved year-end date.
The other two dates are still the same, don’t worry about them.

It’s crucial you pay your provisional tax on time

We can’t stress enough the importance of paying your provisional tax on time. And making sure your calculation is correct.
If you don’t get this right, the Provisional Tax 101 e-Book says SARS could hit you with these three penalties:

  • Late submission penalties (also known as administrative non-compliance penalties);
  • Late payment penalties (these are also known as administrative non-compliance penalties); and
  • Penalties for under-statement of liability.
Now that you know the correct date, make your provisional tax payment on time to avoid SARS penalties.
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  • What to include in your calculation of provisional tax;
  • The documents you need to calculate your provisional tax;
  • How to calculate your provisional tax in seven steps;
  • How to complete your provisional tax return (IRP6) via eFiling;
  • How to correct errors – or check on the status of your return; and
  • So much more.

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