PRETORIA, MONDAY 2 SEPTEMBER 2019 – To celebrate Deaf Awareness Month (September), SARS will work together with different organisations and municipalities that support persons with hearing impairments in South Africa, to assist them with their tax affairs at specific SARS branches around the country.
The initiative involves conducting a once-off tax education workshop and availing a South African Sign Language (SASL) interpreting service on each Friday of the month at the designated SARS branches throughout the country.
This intervention is to break the barriers faced by Sign Language users that are challenged by lack of access to basic services across the country. The objective is also aligned with SARS’ objective this tax season, that is, migrating taxpayers, including persons with hearing and visual impairments, to the digital platforms.
The public is requested to disseminate the message to all persons with hearing impairments in their respective communities, and to note that this service will also be extended to other members in the community that will need assistance with migrating to eFiling and the SARS MobiApp.
SARS remains committed to providing education to improve tax compliance and accessibility to taxpayers with hearing and visual impairments.