How SARS eFiling works – filing your tax returns online

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Tax season for individuals in South Africa begins on the 1st of July. The South African Revenue Service makes it easier to pay taxes through eFiling. This is a simple way that saves time, instead of having to fill out forms by hand and heading to a SARS branch.

For provisional taxpayers who submit a return via eFiling, tax season runs until January of next year.

Who has to file a tax return?

If your total annual salary before tax is R350 000 or less, there is no need to file a return, providing that:

You only have one employer.

You have no car allowance.

You have no other income (such as rent).

You are not claiming deductions: medical aid; retirement annuity; travel expenses.

You have not had dividends paid to you and were not a non-resident during the 2015 year of assessment.

How to register:

  • Visit the SARS registration page
  • Have your tax number, ID number and personal details (contact number, addresses, bank account details) ready.
  • Click the blue arrow (For Individuals) on the bottom left of the page
  • Accept SARS’ terms and conditions and click “Continue”
  • Fill in your personal, contact and banking details
  • Check for “https” in your browser (which means the page is secure)
  • The system might take a day or two to create your account.
  • You can then log into eFiling using the Login button at the top right of the eFiling login page.
  • After logging in, click on “Returns” tab under the eFiling heading
  • Click on the “Returns issued” tab on the left side of the page.
  • You’ll get an option to generate your ITR12 Personal income Tax Return – click on the text. Select 2015 on the date box. Click on the “Request Return” button next to it.
  • Click the Open option on the right side of the menu row.
  • This takes you to your tax return, which asks you a few “yes or no”questions relating to your income tax.
  • Click “Create Form” button underneath the questions.
  • Fill in your return.

If you need any technical assistance, call 0800 00 72 77.

SARS also has a Tax Calculator for you to estimate if you are going to receive a refund, pay money in, or be square.

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