1 Million Tax Returns Filed in S.Africa

July 27, 2016 Taxation in South Africa

PRETORIA – A growing number of taxpayers in South Africa are utilising electronic filing systems to complete their tax returns.

In a press release issued on July 25th the South African Revenue Service (SARS) announced that over the first 21 days of the national tax season a total of 1 016 056 tax returns had been filed.

Of all the tax returns filled between July 1st and July 22nd, a total of 611 453 had been filed via the online e-filing system.

The remaining 404 603 tax returns were filed in person at a SARS branch.

The success of the latest tax season was attributed primarily to efforts by SARS to ease the process of filing taxes, especially via the e-Filing system.

It was further added that support tools such as the Help-you-eFile system has further helped convince people to move to the e-filing system.

Commenting on the success enjoyed by SARS, the SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane said “…these figures show that taxpayers are responding positively to the changes and are working with SARS to collect the required revenue to meet South Africa’s development agenda,” and “…this achievement confirms that South African taxpayers are compliant and are committed to working with SARS.”

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