Pretoria, 11 November 2015 – The SARS branch offices will extend working days to Saturdays for the next two weekends – 14 and 21 November – in anticipation of an increase in number of taxpayers who will file their returns.
The purpose is to assist taxpayers with their returns. Taxpayers are to note that only issues relating to tax return submissions will be dealt with.
The offices will be open from 8am – 1pm in 25 branches around the country, including Gauteng, Free State, North West, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Western and Eastern Cape.
So far, over 3.56 million taxpayers have filed their income tax returns, in accordance with SARS’ forecasts.
As a result, approximately 24 000 taxpayers are filing their returns per day. But the volume is expected to increase with two weeks to go before Tax Season ends on 27 November 2015.
In fact, the last few days have seen an increasing build up in queues at SARS branches. Also, the volume of calls handled by the SARS Contact Centre has shown marked increase as the deadline approaches.
SARS wishes to urge all those who have not yet submitted a return to do so as soon as possible.
For a complete list of branches that will be open on 14 and 21 November 2015 taxpayers can visit the SARS website.
But all those who seek help or clarity: Call the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 SARS (7277)