Payment of 1st provisional tax instalment for tax year 2019
We would like to remind you that the deadline for the payment of the first provisional tax instalment for tax year 2019 is the 31st of July 2019.
Provisional tax payment obligation
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, and
- Companies with taxable income.
Payment of provisional tax
The provisional tax is calculated by applying the relevant tax rates (depending whether the taxpayer is an individual or a company) on the expected taxable income for the year, after taking into account any overseas tax credits and is payable in two equal instalments, as follows:
- 31 July 2019 – 1st instalment
- 31 December 2019 – 2nd instalment
If any instalment is not paid by the end of the month following the above due dates (i.e. 31 August 2019 and 31 January 2020 respectively), interest is chargeable at the rate in force (currently at 2% per year) as well as a penalty of 5% on the tax due. An additional penalty of 5% is imposed if the tax remains unpaid two months after the above due dates.
The timely payment of provisional tax can be made through jccsmart.com (JCC), the card payment processing system that facilitates the electronic settlement of taxes. To be able to pay the provisional tax via JCC, a valid debit or credit card is required. Please note that overdue payments cannot be settled via JCC and can only be processed at the District Offices of the Tax Department.
10% additional tax in case of underestimation
Following the calculation of the final taxable income, if the provisional taxable income declared is less than 75% of the final taxable income for the year, then the taxpayer is required to pay an additional tax equal to 10% of the difference between the final tax due and the provisional tax paid.
Revised provisional tax calculation
Taxpayers can revise their provisional tax calculation until 31 December 2019.
FSMO team will be glad to assist you with the applications and further guidance.