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How to register for VAT on eFiling

Follow the easy steps below to register for VAT on eFiling:

Step 1

Logon to www.sarsefiling.co.za.

Step 2

Navigate to SARS Registered Details functionality:

  • On the Individual portfolio, select Home to find the SARS Registered Details functionality
  • On the Tax Practitioner and Organisations eFiling profiles, the SARS Registered Details functionality is under the Organisations menu tab

Step 3

Select Maintain SARS Registered Details

Step 4

The Maintain SARS Registered Details screen will display. Select I Agree to confirm that you are authorised to perform maintenance functions of the registered details of the company or individual.

Step 5

Click VAT under My tax products > Revenue on the left menu

Step 6

Select Add new product registration to register new or additional VAT branch registration: Screenshot of Add new product registration

Step 7

The RAV01 form will open with the VAT container:
Screenshot of the RAV01 form

  • For new VAT registrations the VAT liability date must not be backdated for more than six months from today’s date. Should the liability date exceeds the six months, you will be required to visit the SARS branch with supporting documents such as financial statements, signed contracts or invoices issued (necessary supporting documents) to request a further back dating.
  • For existing VAT registrations no back dating of the VAT liability date will be allowed via eFiling channel. You are required to visit the SARS branch with the necessary supporting documents to request an amendment to the VAT liability date.
  • For voluntary new VAT registrations the back dating of the liability date will not be allowed and the system will set it to “today’s date”. In the event where you have charged VAT prior to registration, request the backdating by visiting a SARS branch with the necessary supporting documents to prove the back dating of the VAT liability date.
A warning message will appear if the liability date has not been entered correctly with an instruction to visit a branch with the necessary documentation.

Step 8

If you select the business activity code field, the VAT Business Activity box will display to select the section and trade codes applicable to your business. Select the “Ok” button to continue after selections have been made.If you select the business activity code field, the VAT Business Activity box will display to select the section and trade codes applicable to your business. Select the “Ok” button to continue after selections have been made.

Step 9

If your answer to the question ‘Taxable supply exceeded R50,000 in the preceding 12 months’, is ‘Y’ for yes, then the sum of standard rated supplies and zero rated supplies must be more than R50,000. If you have answered 'N' to the ‘Taxable Supplies exceeded in the preceding 12 months’ then the expected Taxable Supplies question must be answered Y and if you have answered Y to the fact that you have not yet exceeded this amount, you are required to indicate when and how you will expect to reach the R50 000 Taxable Turnover. These questions are mandatory and you will be unable to proceed if this is not completed.
Screenshot of VAT Business Activity

Step 10

If you select the business activity code field, the Farming Activity codes will display to select the section codes and trade codes applicable to your business. Select the “Ok” button to continue after selections have been made. If you select the business activity code field, the Farming Activity codes will display to select the section codes and trade codes applicable to your business. Select the “Ok” button to continue after selections have been made. 
Screenshot of Farming Activity Codes

VAT vendors can also request and obtain a VAT Notice of Registration on eFiling:

Follow these easy steps:

Step 1

Logon to www.sarsefiling.co.za.

Step 2

Go to the Organizations main menu

Step 3

Click SARS Registered details on the side menu

Step 4

Select Notice of Registration

Step 5

Select VAT.

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