The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is reminding taxpayers of the looming deadline for the Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme (SVDP) on 31 August 2017.

SVDP is a window period for individuals and companies to regularise undisclosed or unauthorised foreign assets and associated income, which came into effect on 01 October 2016.

SARS says taxpayers should note that in terms of the new global Common Reporting Standard (CRS) for the automatic exchange of information between tax authorities, it will start receiving offshore third party financial data from other tax authorities on a regular basis from September 2017; hence the SVDP window period ends on 31 August 2017.

SARS and the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) have established a joint application process.

Applications for tax relief may be made in the new SVDP section of the Voluntary Disclosure Programme (VDP01) form that is available on SARS eFiling

Applications for exchange control relief may be made on the new SVDP01 form, also hosted on SARS eFiling.

For more information on any of the abovementioned refer to the links below:

​Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme for Tax Relief

​​Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme for Exchange Control Relief

​​Special Voluntary Disclosure Programme