Upfront payments are common in many industries but especially in construction and manufacturing. These upfront payments often defray costs that will be incurred over more than one tax year. The trouble from a tax perspective is that the full upfront payment is taxable with deductions to be incurred in following years not being deductible. That is unless the taxpayer qualifies for an allowance for future expenditure in terms of section 24C. Section 24C allows qualifying taxpayers to effectively claim expenses to be incurred in a next tax year in the year that the payment is received so that ultimately, the taxpayer only pays tax on the profit of that particular transaction.

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