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Relevant Material or Supporting Documents

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See our list of supporting documents when you need to register as a taxpayer or change your registered details.

Top Tip: Remember if you are submitting your relevant material via eFiling, there are certain standards which must be met, click here for more information.

If you want to know how to upload supporting documents to eFiling, click here.

Important: When registering for the first time make sure all supporting documents (relevant material) needed (e.g. Registration, Address and Banking Details) are available. We won’t be able to register you unless all the documents are received.

To confirm a Registered Representative

If more than one registered representative is recorded/listed, for registration at SARS one person must be nominated as the “official” representative to be updated on the system.

  • An image of yourself taken on the day that the request is submitted, clearly showing yourself holding up a copy of your ID document and a note that reads ‘Update my details’.
  • A copy of your valid identity document or drivers licence or passport or temporary identity document or asylum seekers certificate/permit, together with the original identification (for those visiting a SARS office).
  • A copy of your proof of residential address.
  • A copy of your Letter of Appointment in your capacity as Representative, signed by the authorised representatives of the relevant body e.g. Board resolution for a company, Letter of authority for a trust, POA completed by the Accounting Officer for Government Institutions etc.
  • A copy of the Notice of Incorporation of the entity that you are representing e.g. CM1/CoR14.1 for a company, or
    • A copy of the Trust Deed, in the case of a Trust, or
    • A certified copy of the identity document of the taxpayer, in case of and individual, or
    • A copy of the Partnership / Joint Venture Agreement in the case of a Partnership or Joint Venture.

 This is required only on the first visit, once registered with SARS, this will not be required upon every visit.

The following capacities are regarded as valid ‘representative capacities’:

  • Accounting Officer
  • Liquidator/ Curator
  • Parent/Guardian
  • Main Trustee
  • Main Partner
  • Public Officer
  • Treasurer

Registration details

Registration details include your name, surname, ID or trading name, company registered name and company registration number. Below are a list of the forms and what you will need:

  • Kindly note that the ‘IT77 registration form for Individuals’ was discontinued and that the only way to register is to visit a SARS branch where the friendly staff will register you on our system.  Remember to make an appointment.

Top Tip: Bring along a copy to speed up the process.

The completion of the relevant tax application and amendment form are no longer mandatory, but the supporting document associated with the applicable change is still mandatory. E.g if you are required to update your address detail SARS will require a proof of an address , or when requesting bank detail changes at the branch the full FICA requirement will still apply.    

Residential or business address

The table below provides a list of documents that will be accepted by SARS as proof of residential or business address.

Top Tip: The document must clearly show the taxpayers name (either initials and surname or first names(s) and surname) and the physical address.

Document description​ ​Validity period
1​ GENERAL ACCOUNTS:
​1.1 ​Utility account i.e. rates and taxes, water or electricity account ​Less than 3 months old
​1.2 ​Educational Institution account ​Less than 3 months old
​1.3 ​Co-op statement (for farmers) ​​Less than 3 months old
​1.4 ​Medical aid statement ​​Less than 3 months old
​1.5 ​Mortgage statement from mortgage lender ​​Less than 6 months old
​1.6 ​Telephone account (All networks) ​​Less than 3 months old
1.7​ ​e-Toll account ​Less than 3 months old
​1.8 ​SABC television licence ​Less than 1 year old
1.9 ​Retail accounts (e.g. Woolworths, Edgars, etc.) ​Less than 3 months old
​2 GOVERNMENT ISSUED DOCUMENT:
​2.1 ​Motor vehicle licence documents ​Less than 1 year old
​2.2 ​Court order ​​Less than 3 months old
​2.3 ​Subpoena ​​Less than 3 months old
​2.4 ​Traffic fine ​​Less than 3 months old
​2.5 ​Documentation relating to UIF or pension pay-out ​​Less than 3 months old
​3 ​INSURANCE AND INVESTMENT DOCUMENT:
​3.1 ​Life assurance document ​​Less than 1 year old
​3.2 ​Short-term insurance document ​​Less than 1 year old
​3.3 ​Health insurance document ​​Less than 1 year old
​3.4 ​Funeral policy document ​​Less than 1 year old
​3.5 ​Investment statement from share, portfolio or unit trust ​​Less than 1 year old
​4 ​LEASE/FRANCHISE AGREEMENT:
​4.1 ​Current and valid agreement

The Confirmation of Entity Residential/Business Address form (CRA01) must be filled in:

  • Where proof of residence is in the name of a third party (e.g. in someone other than the taxpayer name) the CRA01 must be filled in. Please note that proof of address of the third party must be attached to the CRA01.
  • A letter or the CRA01 must be filled by the Chief or Councillor if a taxpayer lives in an area where municipal account aren’t issued. The taxpayer must get a letter from the Councillor in the area they live in. The Chief or Councillor doesn’t need to provide proof of residence or ID if the letter or CRA01 is for a third party. 
  • If an entity has only one director/member/trustee that is also the representative taxpayer and the business is trading from the representative taxpayer’s address, proof of residential address is needed. Where there is more than one member/director/trustee and the business is trading from one of the member/director’s/trustee’s addresses, the CRA01 needs to be filled in by another member/director/trustee.
  • Here is the form: CRA01 – Confirmation of Residential or Business Address for Online Completion – External Form. Remember certain mandatory information must be filled in before you will be able to print the form.

Banking details

The following documents must be provided:

  • A stamped letter from the bank not older than three months confirming the Account holder’s legal name; Account number, Account type and Branch code (an original document is required for a branch visit); or
  • A bank statement or ATM/Internet generated statement or eStamped/notarised statement not older than three months confirming the Account holder’s legal name, Bank name, Account number, Account type and Branch code (an original document is required for a branch visit); or
  • If the banking details are that of a joint bank account, shared by both spouses, a copy of the marriage certificate is required; or
  • In the case of a shared bank account with a life partner, an affidavit must be provided (only for Income Tax registration) by both partners to confirm the shared account, and the reason the taxpayer is unable to have his/her own bank account; and
  • For Holding/Subsidiary company or Non-resident company (for VAT):
  • For Government Institutions:
    • Letter from bank with bank stamp indicating the banking details of the institution.

If you receive a letter from SARS to verify your banking details: The requestor submitting the supporting documents electronically, must provide an image of himself/herself holding their proof of identity, as well as a written note containing the case number and the date on which the documents are uploaded to SARS. It is important that the requestor’s face, proof of identity and the note are clearly visible in the same picture. For an example of the type of image required, click here.

When you request a banking detail change via email (under the exceptional circumstances): The requestor submitting the supporting documents via email, must provide an image of himself/herself holding their proof of identity, as well as a written note titled “Update my details” and the date on which the documents are uploaded to SARS. It is important that the requestor’s face, proof of identity and the note are clearly visible in the same picture. For an example of the type of image required, click here.

New taxpayers must also remember to bring the rest of the supporting documents required for the registration process.

Top Tip: See more information on adding or changing banking details.

For once-off mandates

  • A valid original or a temporary identity document/passport/driver’s licence and a copy of the individual acting on behalf of the taxpayer
  • A copy of the taxpayer’s identity document/passport/driver’s licence
  • Power of Attorney.

To see the supporting documents required for a family emigrating, click here.

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