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April’s Accounting Alert: Navigating Corporate Tax Obligations

As April ushers in, it’s a crucial time for businesses to address their tax obligations. Understanding these requirements is essential for compliance and financial health. In this article, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the key tax obligations due in April, including Corporate Income Tax (CIT) returns, Value Added Tax (VAT) returns, Withholding Tax (WHT) quarterly returns, and Payroll quarterly returns.

Corporate Income Tax (CIT) Return

The CIT return is a critical document that reflects a company’s tax position for the year ended. It’s a consolidation of all tax returns submitted and data collected from invoice portals throughout the fiscal year.

What we need to consider mainly:

  • Data Collection: Gather all relevant data from submitted tax returns and invoice portals.
  • Analysis: Undertake a comprehensive process to analyze the collected data to determine the company’s tax pool.
  • Reporting: Reflect the tax position accurately, ensuring compliance with regulations.

Value Added Tax (VAT) Return

The VAT return provides a snapshot of the company’s VAT obligations as an indirect tax for the previous month.

Consider the following in order to submit the VAT return:

  • Data Collection: Assemble data from the invoice portal and purchases made in the last month.
  • Amendments: Adjust for any amendments to sales and purchase transactions to ensure accurate VAT reporting.
  • Submission: File the VAT return, reflecting the correct VAT position for the period.

Withholding Tax (WHT) Quarterly Return

The WHT quarterly return is a mechanism to control purchase transactions by declaring the transaction amounts from vendors.

Note the following concerns:    

  • Deadline: Ensure submission by the end of the month to avoid penalties.
  • Compliance: Adhere strictly to the percentages mentioned in tax legislation.
  • Accuracy: Accurately declare all vendor transactions to maintain compliance.

Payroll Quarterly Return

This return serves as a statistical statement to declare various payroll metrics.


  • Data Analysis: Analyze the accounting Trial Balance (TB) to accurately determine the number of salaries to declare.
  • Documentation: Ensure all payment documentation is in order to support the declared figures.
  • Submission:Declare the number of workers, total wages disbursed during the previous quarter, and the amounts of tax paid.


Adhering to these tax obligations is paramount for maintaining compliance and ensuring the financial well-being of your business. As we embark on the month of April, we encourage all our clients to begin preparing their returns early to avoid any last-minute rush and potential penalties. For assistance or more detailed information on any of these tax obligations, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experts. Let’s ensure a smooth and compliant tax season together.

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Written By

Mohamed Abo Zaid - Tax Senior

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