Tax Practitioners

What’s New

  • 20 May 2024 – The May 2024 issue of the Tax Practitioner Connect Newsletter is available.

  • 26 February 2024 – Alert: Latest scam called Assessment of Tax Obligations Preventive Actions
    Beware of the latest scam appearing to be an email from SARS with the subject title ‘SARS tax review’. Inside the email is a QR code (Quick Response code), don’t scan it or point your mobile device camera at it. See the assessment of tax obligations scam example. For the latest scams, keep an eye on the Scams & Phishing webpage.

  • 16 February 2024 – New SARS Complaints number
    The SARS Complaints Management Office (CMO) contact number has changed to a toll-free number. The new CMO number is 0800 12 12 16 and not 0860 12 12 16 anymore. For more information on the complaints process, see the Lodge a complaint webpage.

  • 12 February 2024 – Invitation to webinar on digital channels

    The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is committed to assisting taxpayers and traders to fulfil their tax obligations and remain compliant. In this respect, SARS will host a virtual Webinar for SMME taxpayers and traders where the SARS Digital Channels will be discussed.

    The Digital Channels webinar aims to increase the uptake of digital migration and encourage those who are already registered to utilise the channel by providing education to SMMEs on these channels.

    In line with our strategic objectives, SARS believes that when taxpayers have clarity and certainty about their tax obligations, they will be in a better position to do to the right thing when it comes to fulfilling tax needs and be tax compliant.

    As an important SMME taxpayer and trader, you are invited to join us at the Webinar. You may also extend this invitation to other interested parties. 

    The following topics will be covered:

    • eFiling for organisations
      • How to register on eFiling
      • How to manage your profile on eFiling
      • Portfolio management
      • Registered representatives
      • Registering/Adding a taxpayer on eFiling
      • Managing groups
      • Activating a SARS-registered representative
      • Inviting a user and delegating rights
      • Tax Compliant Status
    • SARS Online Query Services
      • What is SOQS
      • Advantages of SOQS
      • Services on SOQS
    • Frequently Asked Questions.

View the invitation for details of the webinar.

  • 22 January 2024 – To fully implement chapter 18 of the Tax Administration Act and ensure the professionalism of the tax advisory industry, the criteria for the recognition of controlling bodies and the registration of tax practitioners has been updated.

The amended criteria pertain to the following:

    • Requirements of individuals when registering as a Tax Practitioner.
    • Requirements of Tax Practitioner Membership relating to their RCBs.
    • Requirements of Controlling Bodies to be approved as RCBs.

For more information, see the updated guide:

  • 11 December 2023 – VAT enhancements for estimated assessments

    The estimated assessment functionality has now been implemented for VAT. If a vendor does not provide the relevant material requested by SARS during the VAT verification process, SARS may raise an estimated assessment in terms of section 95(1)(c) of the Tax Administration Act. Please note the following regarding estimated assessments, click here.

  • 11 December 2023 – Local Assets at Market Value Declared on the ITR12 Return

    As from the 2023 year of assessment, taxpayers are required to complete the section for “Local Assets (at Market Value)” on the Individual Income Tax Return (ITR12) if the value of their local assets is in excess of R50 million. Many taxpayers have contacted SARS seeking clarity on whether the asset value declared on the ITR12 return needs to be supported by a professional valuation.  See more here.

  • 10 July 2023 – Launched – Tax Return Status Dashboard


    The SARS Online Query System has a new feature called the Tax Return Status Dashboard providing Taxpayers, Registered Representatives and Tax Practitioners with a visual status of the progress of Personal Income Tax returns in terms of submission, verification/audit and refund processing.

    You are now able to check the progress of your Personal Income Tax Return after submission. This enhancement aims to keep you informed so there is no need for you to phone the SARS Contact Centre or go to a SARS Branch office.

  • 16 March 2023 – Deregistration of Tax Types

    View the presentation which outlines the relevant procedures to be followed when a taxpayer applies for a deregistration of a tax type.

About Us

SARS places great value on a healthy professional relationship with Tax Practitioners who are key in providing a service to our clients the taxpayers.

SARS is therefore committed to:

    • Engaging with practitioners continuously and constructively
    • Providing access and channels to practitioners
    • Specific Service offerings to registered practitioners
    • Providing specific communications for Practitioners

Here you will find the latest information and updates from SARS to assist you in serving your clients and in broadening the culture of tax compliance. 

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