SARS will verify your bank account before accepting changes to your banking details. We will pay tax refunds due only once we have confirmed your details.
How do I change my banking details?
If you need to change your banking details, use any one of these options:
- On eFiling, complete the Registration Amendments and Verification Form (RAV01) (for Customs and Excise, see below).
- Complete these forms on eFiling:
- Use the SARS MobiApp and open the Profile Management tab.
- Email in exceptional circumstances only.
- Visit any SARS branch if you are not registered on eFiling (to visit a branch, please make an appointment).
What do I need to change banking details?
Click here for the list of supporting documents you should submit to change your banking details.
Customs and Excise clients: visit your nearest SARS Customs branch to register and update your banking details (these changes cannot be made on eFiling). Complete the DA 185 application form and submit it with your supporting documents at a SARS branch. If you ask us to change your details through email or by making an appointment at a SARS branch, we will:
- Confirm that those requesting the changes are authorised to do so.
- Authenticate the supporting documents to change banking details.
Please note: SARS cannot change banking details if requested through fax, post, or telephone.
Who can change banking details?
Only taxpayers, registered representatives, or registered tax practitioners can change banking details. The registered representative’s details must match those on the SARS system. For more information see Single Registration.
Tax practitioners can always request to change banking details on behalf of taxpayers. Any other person can ask to change a taxpayer’s banking details only in exceptional circumstances. For more details on the exceptional circumstances, refer to the this guide.
- SARS will accept the TPPOA form (Special Power of Attorney by Practitioners), which allows tax practitioners to change banking details.
- SARS will not accept the “Authority of Special Power of Attorney by Tax Practitioner” form to change banking details.
In some cases, SARS will allow a once-off instruction to change banking details by someone other than a registered representative or tax practitioner. See the list of exceptions and the supporting documents (relevant material) needed.
What are valid bank accounts?
A valid bank account is:
- A cheque, savings, or transmission account.
- One with a valid branch number.
- Held at a valid bank.
- Registered in the name of the taxpayer(s).
- Not a credit card, bond, or foreign bank account.
Joint accounts (shared accounts)
If a taxpayer shares a bank account with his/her spouse or partner, it is no longer necessary for both spouses to visit the SARS branch for verification. One spouse can ask to change banking details at a SARS branch. The spouse should also submit a certified copy of the marriage certificate or an affidavit of life partnership.
What other documents do I need?
You might need extra documents in some circumstances, such as those below.
Tip: All letters must be in one of the official South African languages. If not, SARS will ask for a translation.
SARS will issue Income Tax refunds only in exceptional circumstances when a taxpayer has emigrated and will no longer use a South African bank account.
SARS pays tax refunds through EFT and no longer issues cheques to overseas taxpayers.
Email the details of your overseas bank account to [email protected] in English.
Include or attach the following information in your email:
- Request for refund
- Income Tax reference number
- Residential address of the taxpayer
- Proof of residential address (one page only)
- Copy of taxpayer’s ID or passport
- Country of taxpayer’s overseas bank account
- Bank name
- Physical address of the bank
- Swift address or BIC code
- Town name or sorting code of the bank’s branch
- Branch clearing code
- Account number
- IBAN number (for UAE, UK, and European countries)
- Beneficiary account currency
- Copy of bank statement (one page only)
FOR PAYMENT TO ALL ASIAN COUNTRIES: Also submit a letter of confirmation from the bank stating that it will accept payment from the Republic of South Africa.
No additional supporting documents are needed.
- Copy of the Trust Deed together with the minutes of a meeting specifying who is authorised to act on behalf of the Trust.
- Letter of authority from the Master of the High Court, where the request is received from the representative.
- Resolution letter of appointment from the company, where the request is received from the representative.
- A copy of any one of these documents:
- Certificate of Incorporation in the case of a company.
- A Partnership or Joint Venture agreement.
- A trust deed and the minutes of a meeting specifying who is authorised to act on behalf of a trust.
- A foreign-donor agreement between the applicable country and South Africa in the case of a foreign-donor-funded project.
- When a third-party bank account is used:
- Non-resident company:
- VAT119i – Indemnity from VAT Act Bank Details – External Form.
- A copy of the Memorandum of Incorporation or similar document that shows the country of issue.
- A copy of the letter of appointment of the representative vendor.
- A valid original or a temporary identity document/passport/driver’s license and a certified copy thereof of the authorised signatory of the nominated bank account.
- Main holding company or subsidiary company
- VAT119i – Indemnity in terms of VAT Act.
- A copy of the letter from the Public Officer confirming the organisation’s structure.
- A copy of a letter of appointment of the representative vendor.
- The authorised signatory’s original or temporary identity document, or passport, or driver’s license; and a certified copy of the authorised signatory’s nominated bank account.