SARS extends tax deadline due to load shedding and other issues

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has extended the filing season deadline for non-provisional individual taxpayers from 23 November 2021 to 2 December 2021.

The revenue collector said it was pleased with the overwhelming response it has received from taxpayers who have submitted their personal income tax returns since 1 July this year.

“However, to afford other taxpayers the opportunity to comply with their legal requirements, SARS will extend the filing season deadline for non-provisional individual taxpayers from 23 November 2021 to 2 December 2021.

“SARS is acutely aware of systemic issues the organisation has experienced, as well as the impact of load-shedding on taxpayers which made it difficult for taxpayers to file their returns.”

As a result, the date for levying penalties on taxpayers that have not filed their return will also be extended and implemented in January 2022, it said.

“We urge taxpayers to use our convenient digital channels, namely, eFiling, SARS MobiApp, as well as the SMS service, which has the number 47277. By sending an SMS to this number, taxpayers can book an appointment at a SARS branch, check if they need to file a return and other services.”

SARS said its website has also been upgraded to allow for more digital services to taxpayers. For more information on these services, visit www.sars.gov.za.

“SARS remains committed to make it simple and easy for taxpayers to meet their legal obligations and hopes that the extension of the filing season deadline will encourage greater compliance among taxpayers.”


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SARS extends tax deadline due to load shedding and other issues