Navigating the 2023 interim filing season with HRTorQue

Navigating the 2023 interim filing season with HRTorQue


As we gear up for the 2023 filing season, it is crucial for all employers, both in the private and public sectors, to mark their calendars for an essential task – the Employer’s Interim Reconciliation. This process plays a pivotal role in ensuring compliance with South African tax regulations and should not be overlooked.

What is the Employer’s Interim Reconciliation?

The Employer’s Interim Reconciliation forms part of the filing season, and is set to take place from the 18th September, 2023, through to the end of October. During this period, employers are required to reconcile their Monthly Employer Declarations (EMP201). This reconciliation is based on the Monthly Employer Declarations (EMP201) submitted earlier, which includes tax values from interim IRP5/IT3(a) certificates, accurate payroll information, and employees’ tax (PAYE) payments made between the 1st March and  the 31st August 2023.

Why Is it important?

  • Compliancy

Accurate reporting of payroll information and PAYE payments is crucial to avoid penalties and maintain a good standing with SARS.

  • Accuracy

Reconciliation helps in identifying discrepancies and correcting errors in your tax submissions. This ensures that the tax values declared on interim IRP5/IT3(a) certificates align with the EMP201 submissions.

  • Efficiency

By reconciling your records promptly, you can streamline the tax filing process and avoid a last-minute rush, reducing stress and the risk of mistakes.

To ensure a smooth Employer’s Interim Reconciliation process, it is imperative to put in place the following:

  • Review your payroll records and verify the accuracy of tax values
  • Rectify any discrepancies or errors promptly to avoid compliance issues
  • Keep track of key dates to ensure timely submission to SARS

Remember that compliance with tax regulations is not only a legal obligation but also a vital aspect of maintaining your organisation’s financial health and reputation.

As you prepare for the filing season, we at HRTorQue are here to support you every step of the way. Whether you are an existing client or exploring our services, we are committed to assisting you in navigating the complex world of tax compliance. 

Stay proactive, stay compliant, and let’s make this filing season a successful one!