Sars tax tally nears 1 million

2012-07-19 13:43

Cape Town – Close to 1 million taxpayers have already filed their tax returns, barely two weeks after Sars kicked off its tax filing season.

Sars kicked off its tax seaon with the tagline: "Everyone can be good at tax."

Over half a million of these submissions were submitted through e-filing.

According to Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay, Sars had received 815 178 income tax returns for the 2012 tax season by the close of business on Tuesday, almost double the 499 597 returns submitted in the corresponding period last year.

On Tuesday alone, 61 064 taxpayers submitted their returns, "one of the highest submission figures per day since the tax season opened on 1 July", said Lackay.

He said the taxman is anticipating the 1 million mark of submitted returns "sometime this week", much earlier than the corresponding period last year.

"Sars is very encouraged by the urge of taxpayers to submit their returns much earlier this year.

"E-filing is proving to be a phenomenal success and its popularity as a convenient and secure method of submitting tax returns continues to grow," said Lackay, adding that of the total number of submissions, 522 229 were submitted through e-filing.

For the period 2 to 17 July 2012, Sars branch offices across the country assisted 289 327 taxpayers in submitting their returns, "also done electronically in the presence of the taxpayer". To date, Sars has also received 3 622 manual returns.

Lackay said an unintended result of the higher submission rate this year has been longer queues and longer waiting periods at branch offices.

"Sars is monitoring the situation at branches daily – particularly complaints by taxpayers relating to service and waiting times.

"Our staff often go to extraordinary lengths to try and assist taxpayers, which frequently requires assisting taxpayers after office hours.

According to Lackay, Sars offices around the country close at 16:00 daily, "but our staff will attempt to help taxpayers who have already been in a queue at the time of closing".

 - Fin24


  • andrew.lodder.9 - 2012-07-19 14:06

    If only he same efficiency is implemented when actually using our hard-earned money

  • tigra.aeris - 2012-07-19 14:17

    It took me all of 15 minutes to submit my tax return on 1 July. My refund was in my bank account on the morning of 3 July. Filing my tax return has truly become stress-free.

      Tony - 2012-07-19 15:20

      You are so lucky - I want to cancel my subscription!

      gerald.king.589 - 2012-07-19 16:31

      "Filing my tax return has truly become stress-free." If youre having such fun Sir, call me for my bank details. Its even more stress-absorbing than sars. Lol.

  • The-Azanian - 2012-07-19 14:28

    Whoever invented the term TAX...screw them!!!

  • lungi2mlu - 2012-07-19 14:29

    now how about they put those taxes to good use, good use for the nation that is.....

      Tony - 2012-07-19 15:24

      That good use would be a new jet, new street signs.............

      koos.meyer.52 - 2012-07-19 20:35

      ANC fill their pockets first, then buy votes (16 million social grants), then a bit left over. Yet the ANC hate the people who pay all the tax, go figure...

  • andre.pretorius.1297 - 2012-07-19 14:33

    'Getting good at tax" How about getting good at checks & balances, wastefull spendig of our hard earned cash????

      johnnie.vercuil - 2012-07-20 15:13

      You are accusing the wrong people.

  • alexisamanda.cloete - 2012-07-19 15:03

    SARS online is awesome!

  • Tony - 2012-07-19 15:04

    If they are so jacked up - how come since January I have been trying to get my due refund on personal tax and VAT? The call centre is your only contact and you cannot speak to someone who knows what is going on. I have spent hours waiting in their queues and have submitted 100+ supporting documents 3 times as they either lose them or mix them up before they get to Alberton. I want my money but they have got me by the B@%ls!

      Tony - 2012-07-19 15:16

      Why thumbs down when I am getting screwed by SARS? If you are wrong - penalties and interest, if SARS is wrong - tough luck!

      Daisy.blou - 2012-07-25 15:25

      What I would also like to know, we have problems on our 2011 and 2012 tax returns, 4 disputes on 2011, 2 on 2012, 2 visits to call centres, and nothings is being done. Seems they only want to do the easy stuff, efiling has turned out to be a nightmare to us, one of the disputes is already 3 months old. They want there money within 6 months, but we just have to shut up and wait for ours, even though we also need it urgently, as I cannot go to doctors without money, I'm already disabled as it is, so please SARS don't just do the new tax returns (as it seems thats the only thing they are doing) how about sorting out the old stuff and disputes.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-19 15:40

    The only department I can honestly say is generally excellent and efficient. For the rest - serious disaster.

  • Berto En Petra Mostert - 2012-07-19 15:40

    Why are you NEVER get a receipt if payments made to SARS - very suspicious!!!!

  • flyswat - 2012-07-19 16:09

    OMG! Sheeple! What has your government done for you lately to warrant you being so excited to give them all your money?

  • flyswat - 2012-07-19 16:13

    So... The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place. We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff. Now understand this: all great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded. The reason? The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them. Thomas Jefferson said it best: “Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not”. The number of people now getting free stuff out numbers the people paying for the free stuff. ELECTION 2013 IS COMING... A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves! "The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money" - Margaret Thatcher

  • freddy.vanwijk - 2012-07-19 16:30

    It took me 5 min to do my return on 2 July at around 18:30 and less than 36hrs later my refund was in my bank account. E-filing is no longer an option but a necessity. Stress free? Yes.

  • koos.meyer.52 - 2012-07-19 20:37

    Pity SARS still refuse to collect ANY TAX from the Minibus Taxi industry... does anyone know why? Has Julius paid any tax yet?

      flyswat - 2012-07-19 22:06

      'cos it's easier to steal money from people who won't shoot you...

  • johnnie.vercuil - 2012-07-20 15:11

    This is the best thing out. Before it was a lot of stress and swearing - with the first time with E-filing it was 7 minutes flat and 4 minutes later I had the final paper in my hand. No more waiting for months for the results.

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