Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP)

The Facts

Whilst, in our experience, tax moral is indeed low, SARS is entitled to , and indeed does, levy penalties and pursue criminal prosecution against taxpayers who do not pay tax on time, does not submit tax returns or do not pay the correct amount of tax. The Tax Administration Act, however, allow taxpayers to avoid penalties and criminal prosecution through the Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP).

The Relief

The VDP provides qualifying taxpayers with relief from certain percentage based penalties, understatement penalties and criminal prosecution which, but for a VDP application, will otherwise be imposed by SARS.

The Saving

This process can save taxpayers millions of rands in penalties, not to mention keeping taxpayers out of jail.

The requirements for valid applications are, amongst others, that

Undisclosed Default

The disclosure must involve a previously undisclosed default.

Full and Complete

The disclosure must be full and complete in all material respects.

No Refund

The disclosure may not result in a refund.


Use correct forms and follow correct procedures.

For an application to be full and complete in all material respects it is vitally important to understand the tax law surrounding the non-disclosure in question. Mistakes or incorrect tax positions in an application will result in the taxpayer ultimately not getting relief from penalties and interest.

This process is preemptive in nature. If you already have a penalty imposed, VDP is not available but there are other remedies available (see Tax Penalties)

 We have successfully obtained VDP relief for hundreds of taxpayers and saved hundreds of thousands of rands in penalties. We are very comfortable with the process, the pros, cons and tax law surrounding same.

Online Training Course

Voluntary Disclosure Program

We have developed a comprehensive online training course specifically aimed to educate people on the voluntary disclosure program, what it is, the rules that apply and procedures that need to be followed.


This topic covers the voluntary disclosure program, in particular when taxpayers may apply for VDP relief, what the VDP relief and how to apply for VDP relief.

  • What the VDP is
  • What Penalty and other relief is this is offered under the VDP
  • What the requirements are
  • How to apply for VDP

1h 7min

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