6 June 2006
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) is giving 2.7-million taxpayers the opportunity to file their tax returns over the internet from this year.
Sars has made an electronic submission facility available to 2.7-million individuals who earn a basic salary and allowances such as medical aid and travel.
The facility offers a range of benefits to taxpayers, including convenience and accuracy with the submission and capturing of personal information.
Initially open to some 2.7-million individual taxpayers, the facility is the first phase of eventually extending electronic submission to all individuals and businesses.
The initiative improves on the free “e-filing” service Sars already offers, which is used by increasing numbers of businesses to submit their value-added tax, pay-as-you-earn, unemployment insurance fund and provisional tax returns and payments.
Taxpayers who want to make use of the electronic submission facility must:
- Have access to the internet (employers are encouraged to make internet facilities available to employees for the purpose).
- Register for the service on the website www.sarsefiling.co.za.
- Agree to the terms and conditions of use.
- Be in receipt of an IT 12S or IT 12SS income tax return.
- Receive an income that consists of a basic salary plus allowances.
Sars is supporting the service with online instructions and a dedicated call centre at 0860 709 709.
In 2005, Sars recorded 4.5-million returns, and exceeded all expectations by collecting R418-billion in tax revenue – beating the revised estimate by R1-billion. The overrun has given South Africa its smallest deficit in over 25 years.