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If the medical scheme fees tax credit field is 'greyed out' on your provisional tax return, SARS recommends this interim solution

by , 13 February 2015
Are you having difficulty completing your provisional tax return? To be more specific, is the medical scheme fees tax credit field 'greyed out' on your provisional tax return (IRP6)?

If so, there's no need to fret.

SARS is aware of the problem. And it recommends you do the following until it solves the problem.


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Here's what you must do to deal with the 'greyed out' field on your provisional tax return

 
On its website, SARS explains that it's aware that the field you use to capture medical scheme fees tax credits on the Return for Payment of Provisional Tax (IRP6) may be 'greyed out'.
 
This error means you can't fill in the amount for medical scheme fees tax credits.
 
As a temporary solution, SARS recommends you do the following:
 
If you need to submit your return, add the amount of the medical scheme fees tax credit to the additional medical expenses tax credit amount. Then add the sum in the field next to the additional medical expenses tax credit.
 
SARS says once it resolves the issue, individual taxpayers will be able to edit the medical scheme fees tax credit field. You'll need to refresh the IRP6 so the most current information will reflect your Return for Payment of Provisional Tax IRP6.
 
This is the only explanation SARS has on its website. To get more clarity on this issue, call SARS' contact centre on 0800 00 7277.
 

Don't let this error distract you from submitting your second provisional tax payment correctly

 
It's crucial that you work out your provisional tax payment correctly. If you don't, SARS will slap you with penalties.
 
To help you avoid this, we're giving you a reminder of how to work out your second provisional tax payment.
 
In this article, we explain that you must calculate your second provisional tax liability by estimating your total taxable income for the tax year.
 
Calculate the tax liability on it (after applying tax rebates) and then deduct from this amount any employees' tax paid for the full year, any provisional tax paid to date for the tax year and any foreign tax credits you qualify for in respect of the full tax year.
 
Your calculation must include:
 
  • The total estimated tax for the full year;
  • Minus your employees' tax paid for the full year;
  • Minus any allowable foreign tax credits for the full year; and
  • Minus the amount paid for the first provisional tax period.
 
We'll keep you up-to-date with any other provisional tax issue so you can meet your 27 February deadline with ease. If you have any questions, ask our experts at the Accounting and Tax Club.



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