What's New?

07 March  2017 - e@syFile™ Employer vs 6.7.3
Kindly note that the SARS E@syfile Employers application has been updated to version 6.7.3 on Friday 03 March 2017.  The reason for the update was to incorporate 201702 for the next required reconciliation submission, as well as to enhance the E@syfile Employers application in an attempt to provide a more user friendly experience to clients. No functionality changes were done, however the 201608 submission period is no longer available due to the reconciliation period of 201702 now being required. 
The enhancements includes :
  • Correction to allow user to view EMP201 returns on e@syFile, regardless of EMP501 submission status
  • Correction to import validation that previously resulted in a pending status under specific circumstances to display errors in the import payroll file log as expected
  • Enhancement to employee search function to accurately display employee records on the View/Edit employee screens
  • Correction to the View/Edit employee screens when the “All” function is used to ensure the “All” option remains available without logging out and in again
  • Correction to EMP501 status update functionality for 2014/02 and older periods that blocked access to the relevant EMP501 declaration
  • Correction to validation for employee postal address fields when the “Other” option is selected
  • Enhancement to the submission process to allow resubmissions on larger database files that previously resulted in an incomplete submissions (application hanged).

What is it?

SARS has developed free software linked to eFiling called e@syFile™.

e@syFile™ was designed to help taxpayers (who are employers or payroll administrators) working with SARS to quickly, easily and conveniently manage their tax affairs.                                                                                                                     

Top Tip: The latest e@syFile™ release notes is version 6.7.3.

Top Tip: Current information must always be backed-up on your computer prior to installing the latest version, as the installation may delete your current information. Any beta test version downloaded must be uninstalled prior to installing the latest version of e@syFile™.

Top Tip: Ensure that the import file is aligned to the requirements in the latest BRS prior to importing the file to avoid rework.

The latest version of e@syFile™ must always be used as any information submitted to SARS using a previous version won’t be accepted. You will automatically be prompted to update when accessing e@syFile™ or visit eFiling to download the latest version.

Do you experience any issues with e@syFile™?

See a complete list of our e@syFile FAQ's.

Currently there are two software applications available:

e@syFile™ Employer allows employers and/or payroll administrators  to:

  • Complete, submit and revise (if necessary) the Monthly Employer Declaration (EMP201)
  • Complete, submit and revise the Employer Reconciliation Declaration (EMP501)
    • The importing of tax certificates and the capturing the EMP501 can be done offline. You only go online when you are ready to submit to SARS.
  • Manage the Employer Account
  • Manage Third Party Appointments (AA88s)
  • Register employees using the Income Tax Registration (ITREG) function.

Top Tip: The latest Release Notes tells you about the changes which have been made in the software. 

2. e@syFile™ DIVIDENDS TAX

e@syFile™ Dividends Tax allows Dividends Declarants and Regulated Intermediaries to submit dividend transaction data and complete declarations offline on the computer and then send these to SARS via eFiling.
e@syFile™ Dividends Tax can be downloaded and the importing and validating of declarations can be done offline. You only go online when you are ready to submit to SARS.
Top Tip: The latest Release Notes tells you about the changes which have been made in the software. 
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 Top FAQs

I receive an error message “Failed to connect to the update service”, how do I download the latest version of e@syFile™ Employer?
Where you receive the “Failed to connect to the update service” error message, you will be required to download and install (re-install) the latest version of e@syFile™ Employer.

I get an error message, concerning Adobe Air, when trying to update to the latest version of e@syFile™ Employer, how do I fix this?
When updating to the latest version of e@syFile™ Employer, make sure you are using a recent version of Adobe AIR.

e@syFile™ Employer gets stuck on the "processing" message after start-up or logging in, how do I fix this?
When opening e@syFile™ Employer, JAVA is used to decrypt the protected database to allow access once the user verifies their login name and password. Due to the recent JAVA updates

Do I need to tick the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI) field when completing a certificate on e@syFile™ Employer?
The ETI field is only mandatory when you have claimed ETI for the specific employee. A pop-up message will be shown, when manually capturing the certificate details for an employee who doesn't qualify for the ETI.

Are the Employee SIC7 and SEZ codes mandatory on e@syFile™ Employer?
If you have claimed the Employment Tax Incentive (ETI), the SIC7 and the SEZ codes are mandatory and must be captured or included in your CSV import file, when completing the employee certificate details.