Over 4 million tax returns submitted in South Africa
“SARS has already received 4,166,243 individual income tax returns. This figure also includes 1,217,428 returns received for previous years of assessment,” said SARS in a statement.
Of the returns received so far, over 1.4 million returns were submitted via eFiling, while over 1.5 million returns were submitted electronically at a SARS branch by taxpayers who prefer face-to-face interaction with trained branch consultants.
The revenue service encouraged tax payers to submit their tax returns via eFiling.
“In fact, this helps avoid standing in long queues at SARS branches. Most importantly, eFiling is quick, easy and can be done from anywhere as long as you have secure internet access.
“Those taxpayers who need guidance when filing their returns via eFiling can use Help-You-eFile, an online service which connects taxpayers to a SARS agent telephonically in order to navigate eFiling together, every step of the way.”
In addition, the SARS eFiling mobisite and SARS eFiling App is available for techno-savvy taxpayers.
The eFiling mobisite has been made more user-friendly and accommodating for blind and partially-sighted taxpayers.
SARS warned tax payers to be on the lookout for fraud and phishing scams where criminals try to gain access to their banking details by sending emails which pretend to be from SARS. ■