SARS will be imposing administrative penalties from January 2019 for outstanding Corporate Income Tax (CIT) returns and not the 07 of December as originally communicated.
Administrative penalties will be imposed on companies that receive a final demand to submit a return. In terms of Section 210 of the Tax Administration Act of 2011, non-compliance with regards to non-submission of required CIT returns may be subjected to a penalty, as follows:
The penalties range from R250 to R16 000 per month that non-compliance continues, depending on a company’s assessed loss or taxable income. Companies that have outstanding CIT returns are requested to submit their return to SARS before the end of November 2018 to rectify non-compliance and prevent penalties being imposed.
Please note that it is compulsory for registered companies to submit their income tax returns. If a company is dormant, it is still required to submit any outstanding returns prior to 2018 to prevent a penalty being imposed. The criteria for the exception in 2018 are set out in Notice 600 of 15 June 2018.