Tax season: ke nako

2010-07-01 12:03

Johannesburg - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said on Thursday it is going to turn up the heat on non-compliant taxpayers this year.

Sars Commissioner Oupa Magashule officially launched the 2010 tax season for individuals and trusts on Thursday.

Sars launched heftier penalties for non-compliant taxpayers during October last year. About one million notices have been issued to repeat offenders since then. But Magashule said the response has been "disappointing."

"We have collected about R16m from offenders. But we've warned those repeat offenders who have not paid. From September, we'll appoint agents to collect this money on our behalf. We'll go to your employer and use an IT88 to take money directly from your salary or from your bank. We're giving them another three months. In September, we're firing the gun," Magashule said.

However, Magashule also said tax compliance has improved.

"Voluntary compliance grew by 21% year on year during recession time. That's a milestone," said Magashule.
Sars collected R8.4bn more than they had anticipated last year. "Despite the economic downturn in the past year we experienced a drop in revenue but compared to the rest of the world we were better off," stated Magashule.
He also said Sars has noted an increase in the number of electronic returns received compared with manual returns.
"93% of tax returns received in the last tax season were returned electronically. We've also managed to reduce the average turnaround time for processing a return from an average 55 days in 2006 to an average of just 1.8 days."

This year, the employer pay-as-you-earn reconciliation submission deadline was May 31. The postal return submission deadline for all provisional and non-provisional taxpayers is September 30.

Sars also said the electronic submission deadline for non-provisional taxpayers is 26 November, while January 30 2011 is the deadline for provisional taxpayers.

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  • BobTB - 2010-07-01 13:15

    They say nothing about their turnaround times for simple re-assessments...a whopping 6 months plus if you're lucky!

  • Hartmut - 2010-07-01 13:50

    I am an accountant, and the very first tax return (IT12) which I did today lost all its datas after I saved it on e-filing. Instead of having a big mouth they should bring their own stable in order. But I could rigt a few volumes about that.

  • Sars@the moaners - 2010-07-01 14:32

    We will get you......

  • TaxPayer - 2010-07-01 15:12

    When is SARS going to force the TAXI owners to pay tax ? What about the other ANC connected millionaires like Malema ? What about Zuma who 'forgot' to fill in returns for years.

  • Sars@Taxpayer - 2010-07-01 15:44

    Dont you worry about Zuma and Malema-they are fools who will keep dodging. The commissioner Oupa Magashula is an ANC member-meaning he will never go after them. So i am afraid we are stuck on that one. In the meantime, keep on being a good citizen, you will get your refund....

  • gcr - 2010-07-01 16:09

    The tax system is a disaster especially if you are a provisional tax payer. You have to make 2 submissions a year make up any shortfalls at the provisional stage and then wait months for employers to do their submissions before you can conclude your own ITR12 submissions. There turnaround is quick especially if you owe them but it takes ages to get funds from them and disputes can take months to resolve. Oh and to crown it all you can't find knowledgable consultants that can resolve queries they always fall back on the old adage "thats how it is and thats what the act says" Not the most helpful department in the land

  • Waiting - 2010-07-01 16:22

    I e filed on 18 th Sept last year, and am still awaiting my refund , I was assessed by SARS on22nd Sept 2009. and they said that my records differ from theirs , yet their system produces the Irp 5, Two personal visits to the local tax office - But to no avail --- Ahhhhh well ????????

  • citizenx - 2010-07-01 16:52

    why the should anyone pay tax, if clearly our leaders have on regard for paying the tax man. When I have recieved Zip from the government in terms of service delivery and government appears to squared any money I earned on lavish life styles and fancy cars?

  • Alan - 2010-07-01 16:57

    Welfare recipients outnumber workers... The ANC gets its votes from the bigger group ... That is why ANC politicians/deployees like this one sound like arrogant bullies when they sound off against tax payers (5m taxpayers in a population of 50m) Taxpayers are powerless and can be looted and abused?

  • Shorts - 2010-07-01 17:02

    SARS need to urgently get their house in order and communicate more effectively with all taxpayers, including those that fully honour their compliance obligations. I submitted the 2009 tax returns for both my wife & I in August last year. Now, some eleven months later, despite writing / e-mailing / faxing SARS every month since April this year to try to establish as why neither / both of these returns have as yet been assessed, I have had no acknowledgement of / reply to any of my correspondence. It probably has something to do with the fact that, according to my calculations, we are both due a refund. Gross inefficiency and dysfunctionality seems to have moved back into this Government department, who can obviously nail us to the wall if we do not comply but fail dismally to perform according to their own charter. The respect that SARS had built up over previous years is now at serious risk of being totally destroyed. Do they really care ??? I fear not !! !

  • Duke - 2010-07-02 07:47

    SARS is going the way of the Metro cops - i.e. useless at doing their actual job but great at bullying the powerless!

  • Tiresias - 2010-07-02 08:50

    Not to talk about SARS losing the documentation, should you dare to apply for deductions! In ine case we are on the fifth submission of the same documentation. They could paper their offices with the copies we have supplied. If they did the job right the first time, their costs could be halved.

  • taxpayer - 2010-07-02 13:17

    Submitted my tax via e-filing and was assessed within 2 days, refund done within 2 weeks. Sars is world class!

  • ChrisH - 2010-07-03 17:16

    SARS penalty and penalty resolution is so grossly unfair and appallingly inefficient that it makes a mockery of civil liberties

  • Louise - 2010-07-04 21:28

    Yes, lets pay tax! Eskom needs it to pay their execs!

  • Abigwar - 2010-07-05 07:30

    SARS is heading the same way as communist 93 % of your income to tax and recieve nothing back for it. More incentive to own a taxi than open a decent consultancy.

  • Dave - 2010-07-06 12:44

    I've faxed, e-mailed with read receipts, (e-mails have been opened and read) written letters and phoned about a query I have about my tax and no response at all from SARS. Phone calls are endlessly transferred and then the phone goes dead. I am not at all impressed by their performance.

  • Muttley - 2010-07-06 12:51

    How about if SARS actually ensures that all working citizens are registered for tax and ensures those people comply? Then they can go ahead and "fire the gun". Perhaps the so called registered 5million will not carry the brunt of paying tax over and over again as well as all the social grants (which is higher in numbers than the registered taxpayers)

  • Sierra - 2010-07-06 13:20

    SARS is doing an excellent job for our community. I is high time South African woke up and realise the good work our finance minister and commisioner are doing to ensure the economic stability of our country. Complaining and mumuring won't get us anywhere. we need to build a better South Africa. Let us take pride in who we are as South Africans.

  • Dave - 2010-07-06 14:36

    To Sierra, So no response from SARS to my legitimate tax query is no reason to complain?? I suppose if it were you, you would just shut up and put up with their bad manners. People need to point out what is going on. It's called the democratic process! Get used to it!

  • haha - 2010-08-04 18:27

    Only tax payers should be allowed to vote! That should wake up this corrupt goverment.

  • Thapelo - 2010-08-05 07:57

    I am student @ uj and currently studying tax.It amazes to see how you people complain about the tax system and while on the other i am learning a different story. So help me is the textbook giving me the right education or there is more to tax than just learning from the textbook?

  • Taxpayer2 - 2010-08-05 10:32

    Yeah, when are they going to TAX the TAXI industry??? Millions of Rand in that industry and the fatcats get waway with paying no tax on their multi-million incomes. I agree, only taxpayers should be allowed to vote!!!!!!

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