HOW TO VERIFY TAX COMPLIANCE STATUS

With the new Tax Compliance Status (TCS) system, a taxpayer is now able to authorise any 3rd party to verify its compliance status in one of two ways:
  • Through the use of an electronic access PIN, or
  • Through the use of a Tax Clearance Certificate obtained from the new TCS system.  

Verification through the use of the PIN 

The PIN can be used to verify the taxpayer’s compliance status,
Top Tip: When the PIN is used for verification, the result reflects the current tax compliance status at the date and time the PIN is used. 

Verification of the Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) obtained from the new TCS system

The TCC can be verified, 
  • online via SARS eFiling,
  • via the SARS Contact Centre (0800 00 7277), or
  • at a SARS branch.
 
Top Tip: When the TCC is verified, the result reflects if the TCC is valid at the date and time it is checked.

How to verify a TCS/ TCC via SARS eFiling

Step 1: Logon to eFiling
To use the new Tax Compliance Status Verification service online, you must be authorised to use eFiling. An authorised person (for example the representative taxpayer or eFiling administrator) of the organisation that can setup user groups and user rights must login and activate the service.
 
Step 2: Activate the Tax Compliance Verification service
Activation of the Tax Compliance Verification service is a once-off process.
  • Once you have logged in, setup your user groups and applicable user rights in order to perform TCS/ TCC verifications
  • Click on “Tax Status
  • Select “Tax Compliance Status Verification”
  • Complete the activation process.
 Step 3: Verify the taxpayer’s TCS/ TCC
Select the “New Verification Request” menu. Capture and submit the taxpayer’s tax reference number and PIN or TCC number. Confirm that the taxpayer information displayed corresponds with those of the taxpayer who you intend to verify.
 
Where the TCC number is used, the system will display if the TCC is valid. Where the PIN is used, the taxpayer’s current tax compliance status will appear and will be colour-coded with a detailed description of what the status means.
The colour coding indicates if the taxpayer’s current tax affairs are in order or not:
  • Red – Tax affairs are not in order and the taxpayer is not tax complian
  • Green – Tax affairs are in order and the taxpayer is tax compliant.
You will now be able to print the verification for recording purposes. Your verification will also be stored electronically in “History” for future reference.
 
For more detail on the steps, see our Guide to the Tax Compliance Status on eFiling.
 
Top Tip: Tax Clearance Certificates which were issued with the old process must still be verified with the old verification mechanism under the “Services” menu on eFiling.
 
For verifying a TCC using the old verification process, you can click here
 
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Need help?

Call the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 SARS (7277) or visit your nearest SARS branch.
 
 
 
Last Updated: 26/08/2016 10:12 AM     print this page
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