Tax advice ahead of 22 November deadline

By Drum Digital
21 November 2013

As the end of the year approaches, and holiday fever is in the air, salaried taxpayers should not lose sight of the fact that they need to file their tax returns with SARS by 22 November, and also be cautious about who they get to help them complete their tax returns.

Ettiene Retief, chairperson of the National Tax and Stakeholders Committee at the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) says that if a taxpayer has deductions to claim or anything out of the ordinary, it might be advisable to employ the services of a professional tax practitioner.

"The fee paid to a tax professional can be easily justified if one looks at the potential deductions a tax professional is able to advise on, and also by ensuring that the return is accurate, thereby reducing delays and possible penalties," Retief says. "Just be sure to deal only with a registered tax practitioner. Such practitioners need to be registered with a professional body, so make sure this is the case upfront."

An alternative option is to use SARS's services to complete the tax return.

Here Retief however advises that taxpayers should be clear that SARS is not offering an advisory service, so the official will simply help you to enter the information you supply into the correct place on the form. He or she will, for example, not be offering advice for minimising the tax to be paid, so don't expect that.

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