Options for payments

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 of Athens, FNB, HSBC, Investec, JP Morgan, Mercantile, HBZ, Nedbank, Standard, Capitec, Investec and JP Morgan Mercantile.
Please quote the correct beneficiary ID and payment reference number (PRN).
Top Tip: Air Passenger Tax (APT) payments can only be made at Absa, Nedbank, FNB and Standard bank branches.

2. Payments via eFiling 

All debit pull transactions have been discontinued and only credit push transactions will now be accepted on eFiling. Taxpayers are advised to set-up a credit push option or use one of SARS’ alternative methods of payment.
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.
The taxpayer then authorises this request normally via the relevant bank product. 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. A Credit Push transaction can be cancelled only before it is not approved. Find out more here.
The following banks can be used for eFiling payments : Absa, Bidvest Bank, Capitec Bank, Citibank, FNB, HSBC, Investec, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Standard Chartered, Mercantile Bank and Albaraka, Sasfin and HBZ.

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, Albaraka, Bank of Athens, Capitec, FNB, HBZ Bank, HSBC, Investec, JP Morgan, Mercantile Bank, Nedbank and Standard Bank.

4. At a SARS Customs branch 
  • SARS Revenue branches - no longer accept cash payments or cheque payments. Cash and cheque payments to SARS can be made at a bank as indicated above.
  • Customs and Excise branches - cash and cheque payments are accepted.

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.
Top tip: If a foreign taxpayer has a South African bank account, this payment method may not be used.
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.
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 Top FAQs

What is a credit push?
A credit push is payment transaction initiated on the eFiling site and presented to the banking product as a bill presentation (a payment request). Only once the user has logged into the banking

What do the codes at the end of the message (Message from bank: Payment request not successful. Message from bank 3-28) mean?
The code at the end of the message is important as it provides information why the transaction failed. This indicates that the fields for Group Number / Operator Number on the eFiling bank setup are incorrect.

Which non-core taxes can be paid on eFiling?
The following non-core taxes may be paid on eFiling, including all payments exceeding R500 000 Company Fees; Donation Tax; Estate Duty; Mining Royalties Other Mining Leases; Small Business Amnesty;

Which payment methods are available to clients?
The following payment methods are available to clients: . eFiling . Electronically using the internet (EFT – electronic fund transfer) . At a branch of one of the relevant banking institutions

What is a payment form?
The payment form serves as a source document that specifies which taxes must be/are being paid. A payment form may either be in the form of an assessment or