Time to file

By on July 11, 2013

SARS is encouraging taxpayers to file early (the filing season began 1 July) and not to wait until the last minute to submit your tax returns, advises Alison Walne, KPMG tax compliance consultant

Taxpayers are encouraged to file electronically as with previous tax years, as the turnaround time for assessments and tax refunds has improved significantly. This is borne out from the fact that most assessments are processed within minutes of filing online.

SARS have introduced a number of improvements to their website to assist the taxpayer with the submission of tax returns, including the following:

  • Links to automatically save reminders for the deadlines in your electronic diary;
  • Step-by-step help from a SARS Contact Centre agent with Help-You-eFile where the agent will be able to “share” your internet browser screen and assist you every step of the way;
  • The ability to File individual returns via  cellphone on SARS’s Filing mobisite; or
  • eFile individual returns via an eFiling App.

For individuals familiar with YouTube, there are videos on YouTube that show you how to register for efiling, submit a tax return and scan and upload documents on the eflilng site.

Walne advises that for those who do not have access to the internet, income tax returns can be filed electronically at a SARS branch. “When making use of this service ensure that you take all your supporting documents with you to a SARS branch and a SARS staff member will assist you with the completion and submission of your return,” comments Walne.

The following items should be borne in mind:

  • The income tax returns are pre-populated based on information SARS has received from your employer. It is advisable to check that the pre-populated information is correct. Where the information is incorrect, SARS may require supporting documentation relating to the correction.
  • For those individuals who receive a travel allowance, claims are not permissible as a deduction for business travel unless you have maintained a logbook for the 2013 tax year.
  • For any other income and deductions that are not employment related, individuals are advised to ensure that they have the necessary documentation to support the amounts reflected on their return as SARS may request these documents before finalising the assessment.

The deadlines for the submission of income tax returns for individuals are as follows:

  • For returns completed manually and posted or handed in at a SARS office, the deadline is 27 September 2013;
  • Non-provisional taxpayers using SARS eFiling to submit their return, have until 22 November 2013;
  • Provisional taxpayers using SARS eFiling to submit returns, have until 31 January 2014.

Returns not submitted on time, may be subject to an administrative penalty of at least R250 per month that your return is outstanding.



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