If a company or close corporation has filed its tax returns with SARS, is it still required to file annual returns with CIPC?

A clear distinction must be made between an annual return and a tax return. An annual return is a summary of the most relevant information regarding the company or close corporation and is filed with CIPC while a tax return focuses on taxable income of a company or close corporation in order to determine its tax liability to the State and is filed with SARS.

Compliance with the one does not mean that there is compliance with the other. It is two different processes, administered in terms of different legislation by two different government departments.


Please note that the information provided does not constitute legal or professional advice, but rather the applicability of existing theory to a given practical situation. Due care is taken to ensure that the information is correct, but it remains subjective and an interpretation of application of information.

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