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How to complete and submit your provisional tax

by , 12 May 2017
The 31 August 2017 provisional tax (PVT) payment deadline is just around the corner. As you know you have to take the time to go through your calculations to make sure you're paying the right amount to avoid penalties from SARS.

If you missed our last article on how to calculate your provisional tax payment, have a look here.

All you need to do now is prepare your return to file by the 31st August.

Here are the simple steps to follow if you're submitting your provisional tax payment via eFiling so you don't miss the deadline.


If you don't submit your provisional tax return by 31 August 2017, then SARS will add a R4 000 penalty to your tax bill…Here's what you have to do to get it done right first time

Errors mean double penalties – one for the error, and one for not following the rules!

Don't know where to start?

Or how to calculate the tax?

Click here to get your hands on a tell-all guide today! It will walk you through every step in the provisional tax process, so you'll never put a foot wrong again!

13 Steps to complete and submit your provisional tax return correctly and on time
Step #1

Go to www.sarsefiling.co.za and log in.
Step #2

Click on 'Returns' and then 'Returns Issued'.
Step #3

Click on 'Provisional Tax (IRP6)'.
Step #4

From the drop-down menu, select the provisional tax period and click the 'Request' button (this will be 2017-01 for the upcoming return). The IRP6 will now show as a line item. At the end of the line, click on the underlined word 'Open'.
Step #5

Choose to open the IRP6 with either Flash Player or ADOBE reader, and then click 'IRP6'. (You'll see this in the table, in the Return Type column. The word IRP6 is hyperlinked – that's where you click).
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Step #6

Check that your personal details are correct. These details are pre-populated on the form, but double check to make sure.
Step #7

Check the 'Historical Details' are correct.

This includes:
  • The year of assessment for which you were last assessed
  • The taxable income you declared for that year of assessment, and
  • The basic amount declared.

Step #8

Make your estimate and indicate how much you owe SARS. This is the most important step!
The tax rates applicable to companies and individuals vary – so you must manually calculate the 'Tax on estimated taxable income', and then confirm it to the amount the return calculates when you click on the 'Recalculate' button.
Step #9

Check the total amount payable. The system automatically calculates the total amount you owe SARS and pre-populates this amount on the form. Make a note of this so you can pay SARS the correct amount.
Step #10

Complete the payment details. When you registered for eFiling, you'd have selected the payment method you'll use. This should show on the form.
Step #11

Make your declaration! Enter the date at the bottom of the form in the date field. This is the equivalent of your signature on a legal document.
Step #12

Step #13

Send the return to SARS. Once you're happy you've completed the return correctly, re-open the IRP6 and click 'File Return'.
Until next time,


Natalie Cousens
Managing Editor: The Practical Tax Handbook
PS. SARS clearly states ignorance is no excuse! So make sure you register as soon as possible for Provisional Tax. Click here to find out how.

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