Long queues whether on strike or not

2009-09-09 00:00

STRIKE or no strike — Pietermaritzburg residents who tried to submit their manual tax returns at the city SA Revenue Service (SARS) office in order to beat the September 18 deadline waited for hours in a long queue yesterday.

SARS employees went on strike this week over a pay dispute, but SARS did not clarify whether employees at the city office were also on strike, despite a query from The Witness.

At the city office in Pietermaritz Street, most terminals were operational as on a normal working day, while staff assisted those in the queues outside.

Speaking to The Witness at midday, Salele Matiti said he had been in line for almost three hours, waiting to file his manual return.

Santesh Dukhee said he visited the SARS office on Monday and yesterday.

“On Monday, when I got into the office, I saw that there were two people working inside. I was sent away as it looked unlikely that I would be attended to the same day.”

The deadline for the submission of manual returns is Friday, September 18.

Taxpayers who wish to avoid the long queues may want to consider the e-Filing option. The deadline for submission of electronic returns is November 20.

“I don’t know how to e-File but if I can learn, maybe I will try it,” said Matiti.

JOHANNESBURG — SARS is not budging on its latest offer to two unions that rejected it yesterday.

“SARS considers the nine percent to 11% wage settlement offer to be reasonable, fair and final. The wage settlement will be implemented to non-union members from September 11, 2009 and will be applied retrospectively with effect from July 1, 2009,” spokesman Adrian Lackay said in a statement.

Nehawu and PSA members will go on strike again today.


TO register for SARS e-filing, go to the e-filing page at www.sarsefiling.co.za and follow the instructions. There is a PDF you can download that details all the steps you need to follow. If you need help, you can also phone the SARS call centre on 0800 00 SARS (7277)

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