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An update on the processing of VDP cases

Thursday, 15 May 2014   (0 Comments)
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To assist you with your VDP queries, some questions and answers have been put together. For more detailed information, please consult the Guide.

What happens if a VDP application is incomplete?

An incomplete VDP application is discarded by the VDP unit without further notice to the applicant.

Examples of these are -

  • where the applicant does not reflect a description of the default
  • if the source code is absent
  • if the application relates to outstanding tax returns of which SARS is already aware  

What’s happening on the processing of Voluntary Disclosure Programme (VDP) applications?


The initial Voluntary Disclosure Programme (VDP1) that commenced in 2010 and closed on 31 October 2011 attracted in excess of 18 000 applications.

During April 2014 the last remaining 240 VDP applications were distributed to VDP evaluators, who are currently processing these cases.

VDP 2 

More processing capacity became available as resources from VDP 1 freed up. This has significantly increased the average number of cases finalised per working day from 6.9 during 2013/14 to 20.1 cases per day currently.

The current turnaround time will, as a result, reduce gradually over the next six months to around 31 working days per case.

VDP Documents

Click here to view guide for treatment of PAYE for VDP purposes .



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