South Africa: Online platform for submission of R&D tax incentive applications and progress reports

Notable changes to the information required as part of the online progress report

Notable changes to the information required as part of the online progress report

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has introduced a new online platform to facilitate the submission of section 11D research and development (R&D) tax incentive applications and annual progress reports.

Once a profile is created, the taxpayer is able to link an authorised representative to the company profile, view submission status in real time, receive reminders about due or outstanding progress reports, and make changes to the uploaded information.

Notable changes to the information required as part of the online progress report include:

  • The applicant must manually complete all fields.
  • One progress report must be submitted per approved R&D project.
  • The progress report contains several new fields.

Once a progress report is submitted online, an automated email is sent to the authorised representative, confirming receipt of the progress report by the DSI.

The new online platform aims to simplify and streamline the R&D application and reporting process, as well as reduce the administrative burden. It is also intended to improve the DSI’s general response time as it pertains to new applications.

Read an April 2023 report [PDF 254 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in South Africa



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