Tax Season: 4 days to go!

Taxpayers urged to avoid last day rush

Pretoria, 21 November 2016 - Non-provisional taxpayers have four days to file their tax returns before Tax Season officially closes for this category of taxpayer on Friday, 25 November 2016. 
This applies to whether non-provisional taxpayers file via a branch or via eFiling. For provisional taxpayers who submit via eFiling, tax season runs until 31 January 2017. 
While branches operate between 08:00 to 16:00 this week, SARS tax consultants will ensure that all taxpayers are assisted with their tax returns. 
The SARS contact centre will extend its operating hours from 08:00 to 19:00, to particularly ensure that taxpayers opting to submit their tax returns via eFiling have the support required.
Taxpayers filing their tax returns at a branch can expect an average queue time of 27 minutes, and an average service time of 8 minutes.
Taxpayers are reminded that eFiling is the simplest and quickest way to file one’s tax return and is available 24 hours.
The number of income tax returns received to date has increased to 5,1 million.  This includes tax returns received this year and outstanding returns from previous years. 
Of the 3 714 998 tax returns applicable to this year’s tax season, a total of 50.80% were filed at a branch, and 49.19% via eFiling.   A very small percentage (0.01%) has been filed manually via post so far.