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.