How to apply
The application process starts with the submission of an application and accompanying documents on eFiling.
The applications must be filed online on the ATR section on www.sarsefiling.co.za. The ATR section can be accessed on eFiling after logging in and selecting ‘Services’ and then ‘Other Services’.
The Comprehensive Guide on Advance Tax Rulings contains specific instructions regarding the format in which the application should be submitted.
Application documents must also be uploaded on eFiling when submitting the application.
- The ATR unit issues rulings on the interpretation of legislation and does not provide guidance for general eFiling or general individual tax-related queries. Please contact the SARS Call Centre for on 0800 007277 or refer to the Contact Us page for additional contact alternatives.
- There is a file size limit of 10MB. If this is insufficient, please contact the ATR Unit at [email protected] for further assistance.
- Payments cannot be made on eFiling. The ATR unit will contact you after acceptance of the application regarding the details for EFT payments.
- There is a list of aspect on which rulings cannot be issued. Please see Public Notice 748 of 24 June 2016.
|What you need to know about the ATR system|
|Information||Documents and/or links|
To apply for an advance tax ruling –
|The application for an ATR also involves the payment of fees, which, with other matters, are explained further in the Comprehensive Guide.|
|A BPR and BCR will be issued at the end of the ATR process. These rulings are sanitised or edited before being added to the SARS website to ensure a client’s anonymity.|
The Commissioner may, under sections 80(2) and 81(1) of the Tax Administration Act, 2011, determine the additional considerations in terms of which an application for BPRs and BCRs may be rejected, as well as the application and cost-recovery fees therefor, issued under the ATR system.
|Applicant Category||Application Fee|
|Small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs)||R2 500|
|Any other taxpayer||R14 000|
|Category||Estimated fee range||Estimation deposit
(20% of higher amount)
|Standard||R10 000 to R35 000||R7 000||R650|
|Involved||R35 000 to R70 000||R14 000||R650|
|Complex||R70 000 to R105 000||R21 000||R650|
|Urgent applications||Case-by-case||Case-by-case||R1 000|
|In addition to the above, any direct costs incurred in connection with an application will be recovered. These will, however, be subject to prior written approval being obtained from the applicant.|
How to apply for VAT Rulings
Top Tip for VAT Rulings:Applications for VAT rulings are not submitted via eFiling and there are no costs involved – see the VAT Rulings Process Reference Guide under Legal Counsel Publications –> Find a Guide –> Value Added Tax (VAT).
How to apply for decisions under section 72 of the VAT Act, 1991
Top Tip for applications under section 72 of the VAT Act, 1991:Applications for decisions under section 72 of the VAT Act must be submitted via eFiling, and is subject to an application fee. See the VAT Section 72 Decision Process Reference Guide under Legal Counsel Publications –> Find a Guide –> Value Added Tax (VAT).