Diesel Rebates for Farmers – Do I qualify and is it worth the effort?

Diesel Rebates for Farmers – Do I qualify and is it worth the effort?

The diesel refund system was implemented in 2000 to provide full or partial relief for the general fuel levy and the Road Accident Fund levy to the primary sectors of the economy.

It was extended to the manufacturers of foodstuffs in 2023, but only for two years ending 31 March 2025.

The rebate can only be claimed by “qualifying industries” when conducting “qualifying activities” using “qualifying equipment or machinery”.

A farmer qualifies for 80% of his lawful use (i.e. 80% of the qualifying litres).

Steps to claim a Diesel Refund:

  1. Register for VAT: You need to be registered for Value-Added Tax (VAT) to participate in the Diesel Refund Scheme.
  2. Check if you’re eligible: Ensure that you carry on eligible activities and meet the requirements for VAT registration.
  3. Submit a VAT 101D form: Complete and submit a VAT 101D form to register for the Diesel Refund Scheme.
  4. Make a diesel refund claim: Use the VAT 201 return to claim a diesel refund. The claim will be offset against any VAT liability or increase any VAT refund due to the vendor.
  5. Keep records: Retain all relevant documentation, including logbook entries and records, for 5 years from the date of use or disposal of the distillate fuel or the refund return, whichever occurs last.
  6. Submit claims within 2 years: File your diesel refund claim within 2 years from the date of purchase of the diesel.

Remember to carefully review and comply with all requirements, including keeping accurate records, as incorrect refunds may need to be repaid to SARS, along with penalties and interest.

The admin process and record-keeping requirements are riddled with red tape and are particularly onerous; Before applying for registration, entities must establish whether they qualify by consulting Note 6 of Part 3 of Schedule No. 6 to the Customs and Excise Act, Act No. 91 of 1964. For more information on the above, Kindly contact info@pinionza.com

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