Monthly Tax Digest – June 2024

Welcome to the June 2024 issue

As part of our commitment to provide taxpayers and traders with clarity and certainty and making it easy for them to comply with and fulfil their tax obligations, we are bringing you a new monthly digital column.

The column will be published around the middle of every month and will be announced under Latest News on the homepage of this website.

It is time for the 2024 Individual Tax Filing Season!

Filing Season for individual taxpayers (non-provisional) is just around the corner. It will run from 15 July to 21 October 2024.

SARS would like to thank all the employers who submitted their Annual Reconciliation (EMP501) forms by 31 May 2024. When employers are compliant, they make it easy for employees to fulfil their tax obligations.

For the 2024 Filing Season, we urge all taxpayers to use June to update their personal information, especially contact and banking details. This will ensure that they receive timely notifications from SARS and prevent any delays in refund payments.

Updating your information is easy and can be done online via the SARS MobiApp or eFiling. However, you must visit the SARS branch (via appointment) if you have changed both the cell number and email address that you used on eFiling.

How to prepare for the filing season

First, make sure that your eFiling username and password are ready. If not, go to SARS eFiling and click on Forgot username or Forgot password to reset your login details.

Remember to gather all your supporting documents. These may include:

  • IRP5/IT3(a) certificate from your employer;
  • Medical aid certificate;
  • Retirement Annuity Fund certificate;
  • Investment Income Statements (IT3b);
  • Proof of donations;
  • Logbooks; and
  • Any other relevant documents.

This helps you to prepare for the submission of your Personal Income Tax Return and comply with your tax obligations. 

Important information about filing your return

Some individuals will be auto-assessed. SARS now does the calculation on behalf of taxpayers with simple tax affairs, based on data received from service providers such as employers, banks, medical aids, and retirement annuity funds:

  • Auto-assessment notifications will go out by SMS or email to selected taxpayers from 1 to 14 July 2024.
  • View your auto-assessment notification: if you receive the SMS or email, the next step is to view the Auto Assessment on the SARS MobiApp or eFiling.
  • No notification? Check your auto-assessment status: you can check your auto-assessment status on My Auto Assessment Status. This will be available after 28 June 2024.
  • Taxpayers who are not auto-assessed must submit their annual Income Tax Returns (ITR12) via SARS eFiling or the MobiApp. These channels are convenient, as they allow you to file anywhere you are, and are available 24/7.
  • Not registered yet? Register for eFiling or through the SARS MobiApp.

Beware of Tax Fraud!

The Individual Filing Season is the time when people fall victim to tax fraud. Sometimes they are not aware that tax fraud is committed on their eFiling accounts.

Tax fraud happens when an individual or business entity wilfully and intentionally falsifies information on a tax return to reduce their tax liability or gain other advantages.

 Things to note to stay safe:

  • Do not share your username, password, and one-time PIN with anyone. 
  • SARS does not charge for services provided by its officials.
  • Request identification from a SARS official.
  • Report suspicious activity if you think that you have been affected by fraud.

More information

 For more information, use the following SARS online channels to get assistance:

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