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The 2023 tax season starts at 20h00 on Friday July 7 2023, and runs to 23 October 2023, for individual taxpayers. And 24 January 2024, for provisional taxpayers.
As we do every year, we recommend submitting your individual SARS tax return as soon as possible, before the system comes under strain.
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Similarly, we must stress that you should not submit your tax return before the commencement of eFiling at 20h00 on Friday. Attempting to do so could lead to lengthy delays in receiving a refund for the 2023 tax season.
Below are eight quick and easy tips to speed you through the process and put 2023 tax season behind you as soon as possible.
If you were eligible, SARS would have contacted you via SMS or email already. Auto assessment alerts end today, 6 July 2023. If you received one and are due a refund, you will receive it within 72 hours of notification.
If you didn’t receive an auto assessment, no problem. You’ll have to proceed with your regular income tax return (ITR12) submission.
Absolutely, download the SARS MobiApp and submit your ITR12 on your mobile. In fact, SARS is encouraging tax users to download the app instead of visiting branches in person. It’s available from the following app stores:
Once downloaded, simply register, complete your ITR12, save and submit for evaluation.
The most popular way to submit tax returns is through SARS eFiling. Simply register at www.sarsefiling.co.za and complete the return accordingly.
We’ve made a glossary if important terms that will help you during eFiling, click on it HERE.
If you feel you need in-person assistance but still want to file electronically through eFiling, an agent at one of the SARS branches will be able to assist you. Just be sure to bring along all your supporting documentation.
You must make an appointment before you visit the branch. To do so, call the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 7277 and select option 0 (zero). A SARS official will book the appointment on your behalf. Only registered tax users can make an appointment.
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Alternatively, you can send an SMS to 47277 (iSARS) with this information and format: Booking (Space) ID number/Passport number. This SMS service is only available to taxpayers/registered representatives who are registered for Personal Income Tax (PIT).
Believe it or not, you can request a return be posted to you. If you do, you can complete manually and submit to your nearest SARS branch. As above, you must be a registered taxpayer and you will need to make an appointment beforehand through the above booking portals.
All queries, including those to receive your individual tax number, changing of banking details and how to reset your password can be done via the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 7277 (SARS).
The centre is open between 08h00-17h00 (excluding weekends and public holidays). Or go to www.sarsefiling.co.za to resolve these issues online.
SARS says it’s clamping down on fraud this 2023 tax season and reiterates that you should not attempt to inflate your expenses and under-declare your income. If you are caught you will be liable for fines and penalties and could face an audit
Good news, SARS has a Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) for the 2023 tax season. VDP is an open-door policy for non-compliant taxpayers to voluntarily disclose any defaults in tax payments that may result in penalties.
If you are concerned you’re non-compliant you can email SARS at email@example.com or call 0800 864 613 for more information.
This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as financial, tax or legal advice. For further details consult the SARS website or get in touch with a tax specialist.