Deadline for 2020 Provisional Tax Return

M. Target kindly reminds that the provisional tax return for the tax year ending 31 December 2020 is due for submission by 31 July 2020.

Provisional Tax – 1st Installment

The provisional tax return requires the estimation of the provisional taxable profit for the current year and the payment of the respective provisional tax liability in two equal instalments:
1st installment: on or before 31 July 2020
– 2nd installment: on or before 31 December 2020
It is noted that, the final tax liability for the tax year 2020 should be settled by 1 August 2021.

Whom does it concern?

The following persons should consider whether a provisional tax payment would arise based on their expected annual taxable income:
– Individuals with taxable income other than salaries, pensions, dividends and interest
– Companies with taxable income
– A provisional tax return does not need to be submitted where there is no taxable profit

Cyprus tax resident individuals who have income other than from employment may also need to file a provisional tax declaration in order to settle the National Health Contributions relating to such income. 

Revision Timelines

A provisional tax return may be revised by a taxpayer at any time before 31 December of the year of assessment to which it relates. Is case of revision, the Commissioner of Taxation will need to be notified in writing by completing and submitting a revised provisional tax declaration.

Interests and Penalties

Late payment or underpayment of the provisional tax needs to be settled by the following due date and it will carry interest at 1.75% p.a. and a fixed penalty of 5%.

If the provisional taxable profit for 2020 is less than 75% of the final taxable profit computed based on the audited financial statements, then a 10% additional tax is added to the tax liability payable. For this reason, it may be more tax effective to execute payments through the provisional tax assessment system rather than submitting a nil return and pay the final tax together with a 10% additional tax in 2021.

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As always, M. Target specialists remain at your disposal should you require any further information, clarification or assistance with your provisional tax estimations and/or payments.  

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