Pretoria, 10 November 2016 – With less than 3 weeks to go before the 25 November Tax Season deadline for non-provisional taxpayers, the South African Revenue Service is doing its’ bit to ensure that taxpayers meet their tax obligations with some SARS branches extending working days to Saturdays for the next two weekends – 12 and 19 November 2016.
The branches that will operate on Saturdays from 8:00 to 13:00 are Alberton, Edenvale, Randburg, Rissik Street, Soweto (Orlando East), Vereeniging, Nelspruit, Witbank, Pretoria North, Rustenburg, Durban, Mthatha, Richards Bay, Pietermaritzburg, Port Elizabeth, Bellville and Mitchells Plain.
With an expected increase in the number of taxpayers filing income tax returns, SARS branches opening on Saturdays will exclusively be focusing on assisting taxpayers with the completion of their income tax returns during this period.
Taxpayers are advised that branches will operate normal hours during the week. SARS has already received over 4, 7 million income tax returns.
Avoid long queues by eFiling
As the deadline approaches taxpayers are once again encouraged to use SARS eFiling to submit their tax returns as it is the quickest and easiest way to submit a return and is available 24 hours. To register, visit www.sarsefiling.gov.za or visit www.sars.gov.za for information.
eFilers requiring assistance can make use of the free Help-You-eFile service by simply clicking on the Help-You-eFile icon on eFiling and following the prompts to get access to a friendly SARS Contact Centre agent who will help them every step of the way while eFiling.
SARS at the service of taxpayers as deadline approaches
SARS will continue to strive towards providing the best services possible to taxpayers even as Tax Season closes. The ever-increasing SARS footprint now extends to 53 branches nationwide, 21 Mobile Tax Units that service taxpayers in remote areas of the country and increased efficiency at the SARS Contact Centre.
Taxpayers calling the SARS Contact Centre who are too busy to be put on hold can request SARS to call them back without losing their place in the queue. By following the voice prompts, a SARS agent will return calls and provide telephonic assistance.
SARS would like to express its appreciation for those taxpayers that have submitted their income tax returns. Those taxpayers that have not yet submitted their tax returns are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to avoid the last minute rush.