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SARS issues reminder on tax returns

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SARS has reminded non-provisional taxpayers to file their returns on the digital channels, so as to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and for those who are unable to to visit a branch.

The South African Revenue Services (SARS) issued a statement on Thursday, 5 August 2021, reminding non-provisional taxpayers to file their returns by using the safe and convenient digital channels that are available to meet the deadline of Tuesday, 23 November 2021. SARS stated that the digital channels are safe to use and would help in the prevention of COVID-19, as taxpayers would be able to utilise them in the comfort of their own homes.

SARS stated that digital channels such as eFiling and the SARS MobiApp could be used to file a return, obtain a tax compliance status, and make a payment, amongst others. The revenue service has confirmed that it sent out 3.4 million auto assessments from July, with nearly one million taxpayers accepting the auto assessment and about 800 000 accepting without any changes.

SARS further noted that the acceptance rate was at 82 percent, with an increase of 60 percent in the usage of the MobiApp. SARS also confirmed that it has paid out R8 billion in refunds, which constitutes 87 percent of taxpayers who were due to receive them, and that taxpayers unable to use digital channels should visit branches.

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