On 4 June 2019, the SARS Commissioner Mr. Kieswetter announced that SARS will be implementing certain changes on their e-filing platform to improve service delivery and functionality and the aim is to increase the conversion to the online platforms currently available.

SARS has indicated that taxpayers who are not required to submit a tax return will receive a simulated outcome “assessment“ from SARS as if they had filed a tax return and the taxpayer can accept the outcome or update and file the tax return.

The taxpayers affected by the above change include the following:

  • Total employment income for the year before tax is not more than R500 000;
  • Only receive employment income from one employer for the full tax year;
  • Receive no other form of Income (e.g. car allowance, business income, rental income, taxable interest or other); and
  • They do not have any additional tax-related deductions (e.g. medical expenses, retirement annuity or travel expenses)

2019 Tax Filing opening dates:

All e-filing submission opens on 1 July 2019

All branch submission opens on 1 August 2019

2019 Tax Filing closing dates:

31 October 2019 for branch filing

4 December 2019 for non-provisional taxpayers who use e-filing or App

31 January 2020 for provisional taxpayers who use e-filing

SARS’ aim is to improve their IT systems and in turn, this will enable them to detect non-compliance.  They are urging all taxpayers to use either their APP or e-filing platform and all taxpayers filing at branch offices will be expected to convert to platforms above.

Although the above changes envisaged are good and we welcome same, its introduction we fear will be limited and affect a small percentage of taxpayers whom in any event would probably not have filed a tax return in the past. This leads us to believe that the impact of less walk-in queries at a branch office as envisaged might have the opposite effect.

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Article published by Tracey Jones, a registered Tax Practitioner and Director of C2M Tax Assurance.

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