You can request a Tax Compliance Status (TCS) for a specific purpose (e.g. Tender):

 How to request your Tax Compliance Status via eFiling

 Once you have viewed your “My Compliance Profile”, you may request a Tax Compliance Status by:

  • Selecting the Tax Compliance Status Request option and the type of TCS for which you would like to apply. You will have the following options:
    • Good standing
    • Tender
    • FIA (individuals only)
    • Emigration (individuals only)
  • Complete the Tax Compliance Status Request and submit it to SARS.

Top Tip: Supporting documents must be attached in respect of FIA and Emigration applications for more on the supporting documents required.

Taxpayers who already emigrated and who want to transfer 'Emigrant's Remaining Assets' (formerly known as Blocked Funds) need to request a TCS for FIA via eFiling or at a SARS Branch. When applying for the TCS in respect of FIA, you need to set the 'Source of capital to be invested' to 'Emigrant's Remaining Assets'. For more information, see the process for transferring Emigrant's Remaining Assets (Blocked Funds).

Once your request is approved by SARS, you will be issued with an overall tax compliance status and a PIN. You can request that the PIN be sent to you via SMS and you can view it on your “Tax Compliance Status Request” dashboard on your eFiling profile. The PIN can also be printed in the form of the TCS result letter.

Top Tip: A unique PIN will be issued for each request that you make.

In addition to the PIN, you will also be able to print a Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC), in the existing format, via your own computer by selecting “Print TCC”.  

Requesting a Tax Compliance Status at a SARS branch

When you request your Tax Compliance Status at a SARS branch and if it is approved, your Tax Compliance Status will include a PIN which can be sent to you via SMS on the registered cell phone number which SARS has on record for you or emailed to you or it can be printed in the branch if required.

How to request your Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) at a SARS branch

You will also be able to request your TCC at a SARS branch by completing the Tax Compliance Status Request for the specific type of TCC you require, for example, Tender, Good standing, FIA or Emigration. If your tax compliance status is compliant, the SARS agent will be able to print or email you your TCC to the registered email address which SARS has on record for you.

Please note: If your tax compliance status reflects that you are non-compliant, you will not be able to print the TCC online or receive a TCC copy at a SARS branch until you have rectified your compliance.

The Tax Compliance Status PIN

The PIN provides you with a way to authorise any third party to view your tax compliance status online via eFiling.
Once you have provided the PIN to a third party, the PIN will enable the relevant organisation or government department to view your current tax compliance status online. It will present them with your overall compliance status as at the date and time they check it instead of your status as it was at the date that the PIN was issued to you. To protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information, no other information will be accessible.

Please note that not all government institutions and private organisations will be able to utilise the Tax Compliance Status PIN at this stage and in such instances, you must supply a printed TCC. It is envisaged that the PIN will, in time, replace the paper TCC. 

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Need help?

For more details please refer to “Guide to the Tax Compliance Status Functionality on eFiling”.

Or call the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 SARS (7277) or visit your nearest SARS branch.

Last Updated: 26/02/2019 12:30 PM     print this page
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