Filing your tax in a branch vs eFiling in SA

Over one million income tax returns have been submitted by taxpayers since the start of the tax season, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) said on Tuesday.

“SARS is pleased to confirm that by 1pm yesterday it had passed the one million mark with respect to income tax returns submitted by taxpayers.

“This is encouraging and an important compliance measure for SARS as it indicates that 23.07% of taxpayers who are required to submit a tax return have already done so compared to 18.79% at the same time last year,” said the revenue service.

Since the beginning of the tax season on 1 July 2015, when taxpayers could officially commence completing and submitting their 2015 tax returns, 610 067 or 60.96% of taxpayers have used eFiling to complete and submit their returns.

A further 388 058 or 38.78% of taxpayers opted to file a branch whilst a mere 2661 or 0.27% taxpayers opted to submit manually via post or drop box.

SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane said the achievement sends out a positive compliance message by taxpayers as well as their confidence in the South African Revenue Service.

“On behalf of the South African Revenue Service I would like to thank taxpayers for their willingness to meet their tax obligations and responsibilities,” he said.

Moyane added that the revenue service will continuously strive to make the interaction between SARS and taxpayers as seamless, efficient, simple and convenient as possible.

Deadline dates       

The deadline for taxpayers who submit their tax returns manually by post or by dropping them off in a SARS drop box is 30 September 2015 while the deadline for all non-provisional taxpayers is 27 November 2015.

Non-provisional taxpayers are the majority of employed individuals who submit a tax return and who earn an income from one or more employer.

The deadline for provisional taxpayers who submit returns via eFiling is 29 January 2016.

Provisional taxpayers form a much smaller segment of the tax base and are those individuals with other forms of income like investment income, income from business activities, rental income, royalties income or directors of companies.

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Filing your tax in a branch vs eFiling in SA