File your tax return ahead of Friday's deadline

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) on Wednesday reminded taxpayers of Friday’s deadline for non-provisional taxpayers.

“Taxpayers can file at their nearest branch during normal office hours until this Friday, 24 November at 4pm or file electronically via eFiling, in which case, taxpayers have until midnight.  SARS branches will not be operating on Saturdays after 24 November,” said the revenue service.

The revenue service added that while late submissions will be accepted and processed, these may attract penalties which range between R250 and R16 000.

Tax season opened on 1 July.

Taxpayers can request a Statement of Account via SARS eFiling or at a SARS branch to see if they have any penalties owing to SARS for outstanding returns or owe any other amounts.

“SARS would like to remind taxpayers of the importance of having the correct supporting documentation when they visit a SARS branch or for reference purposes when filing via SARS eFiling.”

The necessary documents include proof of income such as IRP5/IT3(a) from your employer or pension fund ,while proof of deductions such as medical aid contribution certificates and receipts are also required.

Proof of identity such as an ID, passport or driver’s licence is required when visiting a SARS branch to submit a tax return.

Taxpayers can also call the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 7277 or visit the SARS website for more information.  

Information on how to file a tax return is available at

Provisional taxpayers have until 31 January 2018 if they file via SARS eFiling. -

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