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Individual taxpayers have until the end of the month to file their personal income tax returns.

This year’s tax season closes on 31 October for non-provisional taxpayers and for those provisional taxpayers who opt to file at a branch.  Provisional taxpayers ordinarily have until 31 January 2019 to file on eFiling only.

The focus this filing season has been on the 24-hour eFiling channel which taxpayers can use at their leisure without having to go to a branch.  eFilers are supported by the Help-You-eFile mechanism during business hours, which links them to a SARS contact centre agent who can assist the taxpayer to complete their tax return.

During the month of October, the SARS contact centre will be available on Saturdays on 06 – 27 October from 8 am to 1 pm, to support taxpayers with eFiling.

All SARS branches will also be open on Saturdays at the same time where taxpayers can make use of self-help kiosks to electronically file their personal income tax returns. It is important to note that the extended hours on Saturdays will only be used to assist with personal income tax returns.

To date, SARS is close to reaching the 3-million mark in tax return submissions for the current year of assessment. This is approximately a 4% increase compared to the same time last year.  Of these returns, 51% have been submitted through eFiling.

Taxpayers have also been warned to be alert of scams where refunds are promised or where the taxpayer is informed of debt they owe SARS. These scams come in various forms including letters, email, and website links and even individuals either posing as SARS officials, debt collectors or tax preparers. There are instances where tax preparers promise taxpayers a refund in return for a percentage of the refund as a fee. Fraud is often committed in the name of the taxpayer by claiming fraudulent expenses. When SARS does identify this fraud the taxpayer will be liable for the full debt as well as penalties.

Important contact details:

SARS Contact Centre: 0800 00 7277

Suspicious tax activity and corruption hotline: 0800 00 2870

info@bloemfonteincourant.co.za