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Employers: EMP501 submissions are due by 31 October

Employers: EMP501 submissions are due by 31 October

21 Sep 2017

Every employer who is registered for Pay-as-you-earn(PAYE), Unemployment Insurance Fund(UIF) and/or Skills Development Levy(SDL), should submit an EMP501 by 31 October 2017. The Employer Interim Reconciliation period, referring to the period from 1 March 2017 to 31 August 2017,  opened on 15 September and runs to 31 October 2017.


During the Interim Reconciliation, employers are required to submit an Employer Reconciliation Declaration (EMP501) and Employee Income Tax Certificates [IRP5/IT3(a)s] for this six-month interim period.

What is Reconciliation?

Employers must submit an accurate Employer Reconciliation Declaration (EMP501), Employee Tax Certificates [IRP5/IT3(a)s] to be issued and if applicable, a Tax Certificate Cancellation Declaration (EMP601).

There are three elements that must reconcile in order for your submission to be successful. They are:

  • Monthly Employer Declarations (EMP201s) submitted - Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) and/or Skills Development Levy (SDL), Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) amounts due and Employment Tax Incentive (ETI), (if applicable)
  • Payments made (excluding penalty and interest payments)
  • IRP5/IT3(a)s generated - PAYE, SDL and UIF values

The Employer Annual Reconciliations therefore allows employers to accurately calculate the difference, if any, between the total value of the tax certificates issued, the total liability declared (EMP201) and the total payments made to SARS.


We recommend that employers accurately verify and update each employee’s personal and financial details before submitting their Annual Reconciliation Declaration (EMP501) and Employees Income Tax Certificates [IRP5/IT3(a)s] to SARS.


Please take note penalties apply in respect of any of the following defaults:

  1. Non-submission of an Employer Annual Reconciliation (EMP501) on or before the due date.
  2. Non-submission of employee IRP5 / IT3(a) certificates.
  3. Submission of incorrect or inaccurate data relating to the IRP5 / IT3(a) certificates

We can assist you with the successful submission of your Annual Reconciliation Declaration (EMP501). Please contact us for more information or for any assistance.

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