Tax season has arrived, and for South Africans this year, filing taxes has been made that much easier. You can forget about the long queues that come with filing taxes every tax year. This tax year however, comes with a lot of implemented enhances and changes which you would like to know about. With the improvements and added benefits introduced by the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on their eFiling platform, filing taxes should be a breeze, get all this information and more in this article.
In this article, you will see the requirements needed for filing SARS tax returns, the dates between which you can file our tax returns and also the contacts for the South African Revenue Service.
When can I do my taxes for 2020?
One of the advantages realized from doing your taxes online is that you can start now! Tax season has just begun for South Africans who use eFiling and the SARS MobiApp as announced by SARS on Monday, July 1st. This tax season for online users will go on until December 4th, a season which will go for slightly more than five months. For taxpayers who want to register for the first time can also do so from July 1st.
When filing from a branch, the period given by SARS South Africa is from August 1st 2019 to October 31st. The timeline is much shorter than the one done online and is sure to have much longer lines and more hassle.
This implementation comes as an attempt by the revenue service to improve service to taxpayers and encourage conversion to online filing, as they announced.
SARS application enhancements
The South African Revenue Service has made some improvements to the taxpayer’s experience with using the SARS app by adding new services and introducing a couple of innovations. These include :
- The digital channels are enhanced.
- Registering for eFiling has been made easier.
- Retrieval of username and reset of the password are features which have been added.
- Submitting a SARS tax return and using a camera to upload documents have also been included.
- You can also make a SARS tax calculation on the app.
- SARS has also given eFiling a significant refresh to make navigation much more accessible.
The income threshold has also been modified. According to the SARS commissioner, for March 1st 2019 to February 28th 2019, the amount was R 78,150 for income earners younger than 65 years.
Disclaimer: This doesn’t mean that taxpayers who pay tax are required to submit an income tax return.
SARS requirements for filing tax returns
Are you wondering what the submission criteria for filing tax returns are? Then we got you covered. If you meet the following criteria, then there is no need for you to file your SARS tax returns.
- If your total employment income is not more than R 500,000.
- If you have no other form of income, for example, a car allowance, business income, and rental income, taxable interest or income from another job.
- If you don’t have any additional allowable tax-related deductions to claim – like medical expenses, retirement annuity contributions and travel expenses.
- If you only receive employment income from one employer for the full tax year;
It is important to note that, taxpayers who are not required to file will receive a simulated calculation via SMS based on the information given to the South African Revenue Service by employers and other sources.
If you need help, you can reach the SARS contact centre at 0800 00 SARS(7277) from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. This excludes weekends and public holidays. For international callers, you can reach the contact centre at +27 11 602 2093. This can be done from 8 a.m to 4 p.m South African time.
Should you have issues regarding payments or returns that were not submitted through the eFiling website, then you can call 0800 00 SARS (7277) or visit your nearest SARS branch.
That constitutes everything you need to know about filing taxes this SARS tax season, what the requirements are and also how you can avoid those long queues when filing at the branches.