How To File Your Tax Returns Using eFiling and Sars’ new MobiApp

SARS eFiling is an online platform that enables the submission of returns and declarations and other services. The service allows taxpayers, tax practitioners, traders, and businesses to register as well as submit returns and declarations.

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Payments and quite a number of other interactions with SARS can be made on the platform as it is a secure online environment. In this article, we will be looking at how taxpayers registered for eFiling can engage with the online platform for the submission of returns and declarations, and payments when it comes to taxes, duties, levies, and contributions.

WHEN DOES TAX RETURNS SEASON START?

The tax season normally starts in July and ends in December. Individuals who have problems using the SARS eFiling or the SARS MobiApp can visit any SARS branch for SARS staff to assist them to file their income tax returns and they can do so from August to October. 

FILING RETURNS ON EFILING AND MOBIAPP

SARS is encouraging the usage of their online platforms as these platforms provide some swift and rapid responses. These platforms are SARS eFiling and the SARS MobiApp. They are available 24/7, and they offer mind-blowing features as well as removes the long queue at a SARS branch.

The SARS MobiApp is a mobile channel from which you can complete and submit your Income Tax Return (ITR12). You can easily install the SARS MobiApp from the App Store (for Apple devices), Google Play Store (for Android devices), or the Huawei App Gallery. On the SARS MobiApp you can register, complete, save and submit your returns. 

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WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO FILE FOR TAX RETURNS?

In order to file your income tax return, you must meet the following requirements; 

  • Your total employment income for the year before tax should not be more than R500 000.
  • You must only receive employment income from one employer for the full tax year.
  • You must have no other form of income, such as car allowance, business income, and rental income, taxable interest, or income from another job.
  • You must not have any additional allowable tax-related deductions to claim, such as medical expenses, retirement annuity contributions, and travel expenses.

WHEN IS THE TAX SEASON DEADLINE?

Individuals using eFiling and the SARS MobiApp have a tax season starting from July and ending in December. Other taxpayers who prefer to visit a SARS branch can file their tax returns from August to October. 

However, provisional taxpayers have some grace period which normally runs till the ending of January.  

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