​Managing your Tax Compliance Status with SARS

What's new?

  • 1 March 2021 - The required supporting documents in respect of Emigration and FIA have been updated to reflect the recent changes in Foreign Exchange Control processes as well as the promulgation of the Taxation Laws Amendment Act, 2020. 

  • 5 February 2021 - You can now request your Tax Compliance Status here.

Wha​t is it?

In our continued effort to improve compliance and to make it even easier for taxpayers to manage their tax affairs, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has introduced an enhanced Tax Compliance Status System. The issuing of the printed Tax Clearance Certificate (TCC) was stopped from 2 November 2019. The TCS PIN enables you to authorise any third party (an organisation or government) to view your status online via eFiling. It will present your overall tax compliance status at the date and time of viewing it. To protect taxpayer confidentiality, no other info will be accessible to a third party.

Being tax compliant and ‘paying your fair share’ is not just good for you, but also contributes to the positive growth of our country’s economy which in turn benefits all South Africans.  

The TCS system is available for the following applications:
  • Good standing
  • Tender
  • Foreign Investment Allowance
  • Emigration
To apply for your TCS, you can access the TCS system by selecting the TAX STATUS menu option on eFiling.

What is it for? 

The new system will make it easier for taxpayers to obtain their Tax Compliance Status (TCS) PIN via eFiling.
The TCS PIN must be used by authorised third parties to verify your compliance status online via SARS eFiling.

It is important to remember that a taxpayer’s compliance status is not static and changes according to his/her continued compliance with tax requirements.  

What do I need to do?

With this in mind, in order to be tax compliant you should make sure that:
The new TCS system has at its heart the “My Compliance Profile (MCP)” functionality. The MCP affords taxpayers the opportunity to view their tax compliance status online as determined by SARS in order to remedy any non-compliance identified. The introduction of the MCP empowers taxpayers with more information about their tax compliance and forms the basis for the overall compliance status issued with regards to TCS applications (for example for Tender or Good standing and others).

For more information on the tax compliance status processes follow the links below: 

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Need help?

Refer to the guides below. ​

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 Top FAQs

How do I proceed after completion of the 'Activation' process, when I get the 'Awaiting Registration Verification' message?
The message is an indication that you have successfully activated for TCS and in order to proceed further, registration verification is required. To proceed with registration verification, select the 'My Compliance Profile' sub-menu item

I cannot activate my 'My Compliance Profile'?
In order to activate the 'My Compliance Profile' you must have the TCS user profile on your eFiling profile. Speak to your tax consultant/tax practitioner or eFiling administrator to request such rights.

All my tax products are not displayed on my ERC01/MCP?
If your ERC01 form or MCP does not display all the relevant tax types, you must make use of the 'Merge' functionality on eFiling.

I have tax products linked to me on my ERC01/MCP but they do not belong to me?
Visit a SARS branch to request the removal of the tax product in question.

How do I fix my compliance status?
Click on the Non-Compliance indicator and follow the steps to rectify your status.