Submit outstanding returns, reminds SARS

Monday, January 22, 2018

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has embarked on a nationwide awareness campaign to remind taxpayers of their obligation to submit outstanding tax returns.

The campaign kicked off on Monday in KwaZulu-Natal and other provinces will be covered over the next six weeks.

During the campaign, SARS will share information on taxpayer obligations, the submission of tax returns, and consequences related to non-submission.

“SARS would like to see higher levels of compliance across all tax types and prompt payment of tax debt. Taxpayers who do not submit their returns are charged a penalty, which can range from R250 to R16 000 per month, depending on the taxable income of the taxpayer. It is a criminal offence not to submit a return, and continuous non-compliance will lead to criminal prosecution,” said SARS.

SARS’ responsibility is to collect tax and customs duties on behalf of the country, and is committed to ensuring that each and every taxpayer pays their fair share towards the growth of our country. 

“The revenue authority will be taking a tougher stance on those who do not submit their returns and deliberately seek to avoid their tax obligations,” SARS said in a statement.

The revenue service is equally committed to providing service and education to taxpayers who need assistance. 

Taxpayers are encouraged to call the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 7277 or to visit any of the branches with their taxpayer reference number at hand. –

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