What's New?

23 September 2016 - eFiling payments can now be made by HBZ Bank LTD clients
SARS has extended the eFiling payments to be done through HBZ Bank LTD. For detailed information on releasing the payment refer to HBZ Bank LTD step-by-step guidelines.
12 September 2016 - eFiling payments can now be made Albaraka bank clients
SARS has extended the eFiling payments to be done through Albaraka bank. For detailed information on releasing the payment refer to Albaraka step-by-step guidelines.

For Albaraka Bank clients when set up their banking details for payments on eFiling; the bank details get verified by the bank to ensure that the entity is correct.

Below are the client’s details that verified against bank account details; during the credit push payment process for Albaraka Bank. 
  • Banking details.
  • Entity which will be Identity number for individuals.
  • Company registration number (if an organization) and trust number if it is a trust.    

Once the bank details have been captured for the credit push payment process, click on the “save” button. In instances where the clients’ eFiling profile details are the same as the banks’ details, the captured bank details will pass the verification process.

Top tip: Albaraka Bank can only process payments with a maximum limit of R5 million. If you want to process a payment above R5 million, kindly contact the bank for arrangements to be made.

For further information refer to the Albaraka Bank verification guide.

29 August 2016 - eFiling payments can now be made by Mercantile bank clients
SARS has extended the eFiling payments to be done through Mercantile bank. For detailed information on releasing the payment refer to Mercantile step-by-step guidelines.
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, Standard Bank, Capitec, Investec and JP Morgan Mercantile.
Please quote the correct beneficiary ID and payment reference number (PRN).
Top Tips:
  • 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

Top Tip: Ad Hoc payment facility on eFiling is no longer available for Customs and Excise clients, read more.
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 (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.
A Credit Push transaction can be cancelled. Find out more here.
The following banks can be used for Credit push transactions: ABSA, Bidvest Bank, Capitec Bank, CITIBank, FNB, HSBC Bank, Investec, Nedbank, Standard Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Mercantile Bank and Albaraka 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)

  • SARS Revenue 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
Cash payments are accepted at Customs and Excise branches. Payments may be made during office hours (08:00 to 15:00). 
  • 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.

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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