SARS has improved eFiling and the MobiApp with several exciting innovations for Tax Season 2019 to make it simpler and more convenient for taxpayers to file an income tax return. To see an example of the ITR12, click here.

This year taxpayers who meet ALL of the following criteria need NOT submit a tax return:
  • Their total employment income for the year before tax is not more than R500 000
  • They only receive employment income from ONE EMPLOYER for the full tax year
  • They have no other form of INCOME (e.g. car allowance, business income, and rental income, taxable interest or income from another job)
  • They don’t have any additional allowable tax related deductions to claim (e.g. medical expenses, retirement annuity contributions and travel expenses).

Still not sure? Click here to see if you need to submit a return or not.

To further reduce unnecessary trips to SARS branches, taxpayers who were not required to file a return received a simulated outcome from SARS as if they had filed a return. The taxpayer could accept this outcome or update the return and file.

Income Tax Return submission dates

  • Tax Season 2019 started on 1 August 2019 for non-provisional Individuals
  • To skip the queues and taxpayers were allowed to start filing via eFiling and MobiApp from 1 July 2019
  • Closing dates:
    • Branch filing closed on 31 October 2019
    • eFiling closed on 4 December 2019
    • Provisional taxpayers have until 31 January 2020 to file via eFiling.

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 Top FAQs

How is interest paid to a non-resident from a South African source taxed?
As from 1 March 2015 interest from a South African source paid to a non-resident will be taxed at a final withholding tax rate of 15%.

Where can I find information to help me fill in my ITR12 correctly?
For information to fill in your ITR12 correctly: See Completing your ITR12 ITR12 – Comprehensive Guide is available here Visit the Tax Season webpage for all the latest information.

If the populated information is incorrect on my ITR12 return, how do I correct this?
For manual completion:- If the populated information is incorrect, you can change any populated information by :-Using a black pen to write over the information printed in pink

Can I claim professional subscription fees as a chartered accountant?
A person who earns remuneration income (which is not derived mainly from commission) cannot claim professional subscription fees against the income received.

Why am I not able to change my identity number/passport number/passport country and passport issue date on my ITR12?
SARS checks your Date Of Birth, ID number and Passport number with the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA), who are the official register of all Identification information. Consequently SARS won't allow changes to this DOHA information on the return.