Helpful Tax Tips from SARS


The South African Revenue Services (SARS) strives to collect taxes from South Africans in the most efficient way and to contribute towards making this process as easy and convenient as possible. 

While it may be true that most people don’t like the fact that they have to pay taxes, the reality is that tax revenue is used to maintain a number of systems in the country. Road infrastructure, the building of clinics, etc is made possible through the collection of taxes by SARS.

There is still a long way to go before ordinary citizens can understand the true value of their tax contributions towards building the country. SARS aims to do this by giving helpful tax tips to South Africans.

There are about 16.8 million registered individual taxpayers in South Africa, but not all are required to submit returns. Fortunately, checking tax compliance has been made much easier.

Tax tips from SARS:

During tax season, you need to submit your income tax return (ITR12) so SARS can reconcile expenses for the year of assessment. This may, in some cases, result in a refund.

Tax season runs from July to November every year.

You income tax reference number is a unique 10-digit number issued by SARS to a taxpayer on registration.

If you earn more than R350 000 annually, you need to submit an ITR12. The easiest way is to use SARS eFiling to submit tax returns. It’s the quickest and easiest way.

Deadlines for Tax Season: 

23 September 2016

Manual/postal submissions 

25 November 2016

Submission at a SARS branch (non-provisional) 

25 November 2016

eFiling (non-provisional) 

31 January 2017

Provisional Taxpayers via eFiling 

SARS cautions South Africans against phishing scams. SARS will never request your banking details in any communication that you receive via post, email of SMS. You can report fraudulent activity to SARS by emailing You can also call the SARS Fraud and Anti Corruption Hotline on 0800 00 28 70.

For more useful tax tips, speak to a consultant by calling the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 72 77.


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