Record returns submitted to Sars

2011-09-20 15:47

Johannesburg - The SA Revenue Service (Sars) has received more than two million returns since the tax season began on July 1, spokesperson Adrian Lackay said on Tuesday.

This represented an increase of 16% on last year's figures.

"During last year's tax season, it took taxpayers 14 weeks to submit two million returns to Sars," said Lackay.

"In addition, it took just 10 weeks for one million tax returns to be submitted via eFiling this year, compared to 14 weeks last year."

Lackay said this showed the growing popularity of eFiling as a free, safe and convenient channel for interacting with Sars.

He said 98% of returns submitted were captured using Sars electronic filing platforms.

"Judging by the number of returns filed, the message to taxpayers to file early, honestly and electronically is getting across."

Lackay said Sars would set up service points at selected shopping malls and libraries around the country for the remainder of the tax season, to help taxpayers.

Selected Sars offices would also continue to operate on extended hours from 7.30am to 6pm on weekdays.

The deadline for postal submissions (paper tax returns) for provisional and non-provisional taxpayers is September 30. Taxpayers using eFiling have until November 25.

Provisional taxpayers who use eFiling have until Tuesday January 31, 2012 to submit returns.


  • Mark Fysh - 2011-09-20 16:01

    Yes, just a pity that SARS isn't as receptive to Taxpayers as they are forced to be by this arrogant Gvt department

  • spookhuis - 2011-09-20 16:08

    2 MILLION RETURNS.....but there are fifty million people in RSA.....go figure

      Gerald - 2011-09-20 22:24

      Yeah but remember theres this unwritten rule/act that exempts the other 48Million. Heck even the president was in.

  • clark - 2011-09-20 16:15

    - All well and good , until it gets handed over to the thieving Anc.

  • Paul - 2011-09-20 16:16

    Don't be fooled though. Despite their impeccable performance, you're still getting NOTHING for your taxes.

  • Slartibartfast - 2011-09-20 16:29

    Ummmmm .... something is wrong here .... It should read "ONLY two million out of a possible FIFTY SIX MILLION returns have been filed" ..... nothing good about that is there?

  • phathuchicos - 2011-09-20 20:23

    South Africans are getting matured when it comes to tax issues...despite all the negative comments, i think country is going to higher levels. I just wish the government takes this as a commitment from citizens to improve this country.

  • Michelle Sephton - 2011-09-21 11:11

    only 2 million people pay tax?????

  • Jalarupa - 2011-09-22 06:55

    3 cheers to the most efficient dept in govt...! someone's gotta pay for all those Beemers!

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