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22 April 2016 - Bulk Payment file upload process – amendment of rights
Changes to the new bulk payment file upload process and rights will now allow any other user that has the Bulk Payment User Role assigned to them, to view uploaded files and unpaid batches depending on the Authorisation Level. For more information, refer to the Bulk Payments Guide
From 1 April 2016, manual forms of payments will no longer be accepted by SARS:
Payments will have to be done electronically or at an approved bank. This effort is undertaken to streamline operations and enhance efficiencies at SARS branches. Therefore, the 'Payments Queue' at SARS branches will cease to exist. In addition, no cheques (either posted or dropped off at SARS drop-boxes) will be accepted. Please note that this change excludes Customs. Taxpayers have the following existing options to make payments:
- At approve bank
- Via eFiling
- Via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
More info will be shared in due course.
Currently there are a number of options available to you if you want to make a payment to SARS:
1. At a bank
Payments to SARS can be made at the following banks: ABSA, Albaraka Bank Limited, Bank of Athens, FNB,
HBZ Bank LTD, Nedbank and Standard Bank, Capitec, Investec, JP Morgan Mercantile.
Please quote the correct beneficiary ID and payment reference number (PRN).
- Air Passenger Tax (APT) payments may only be made at FNB branches.
- Payments which are incorrectly referenced will not be accepted and processed by the banks.
2. Payments via eFiling
With a Credit push, the payment is performed by you, the bank account holder. When making a payment to SARS, eFiling will send a payment request to your bank which will show the amount that needs to be paid. It will give you a Payment Reference Number (PRN).
The taxpayer then authorises this request normally via internet banking. This forms an instruction to the bank to make the payment to SARS.
Credit Push payments are considered to be irrevocable and can only be made if the account holder has the necessary funds.
The following banks can be used for Credit push transactions: ABSA, Bidvest Bank, Capitec Bank, CITIBank, FNB, HSBC Bank, Investec, Nedbank, Standard Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.
3. Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)
Payment may be made via the internet banking facilities by simply using the standard drop-down listing of pre-loaded beneficiary IDs provided by the bank. All SARS beneficiary IDs are prefixed with the naming convention “SARS- <Tax Type>”. All internet payments must be correctly referenced to ensure that SARS is able to identify your payment and correctly allocate it to your account. You will not be able to make a payment if your reference is incorrect.
The following banks support this method: ABSA, Bank of Athens, Capitec Bank, FNB, HBZ Bank LTD, HSBC Bank, Investec, JP Morgan, Mercantile Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank.
4. At a SARS branch (including Customs branches)
No longer accept cash payments or Cheque payments. Cash payments to SARS can be made at a bank as indicated above.
- Customs and Excise branches
- Payment limits in the SARS branches
5. Foreign payments
Please note: This payment method should only be used by foreign taxpayers where no other payment options or channels are available e.g. where payments using eFiling, internet banking (EFT) or payment at a bank is not available.
Payments can be made electronically into SARS’ bank account using the standard SWIFT 103 message and the Beneficiary ID/Account Number “SARS-FOR-999”. Only FNB supports this method.
Need more information
For more information on the SARS payment rules, please refer to the list of payment documents below.