Tax returns up 20% from 2009

2010-09-30 00:00

A TOTAL of more than two million taxpayers have submitted their income tax returns — a 20% increase compared with the corresponding period last year.

South African Revenue Service (SARS) spokesman Adrian Lackay told The Witness yesterday that about 1,1 million people “eFiled” on their own, while a further 900 000 people were assisted at SARS branches via eFiling.

A mere 80 000 people opted for the manual route.

Lackay said they expect a total of about 3,5 million to submit their returns.

As in previous years, activity levels at the local SARS branch appear to have been fairly robust.

Almost 950 people visited the SARS Pietermaritzburg branch yesterday, while 2 600 people were recorded in Durban.

Lackay said that branches successfully dealt with a disruption in “service manager” — a system that captures taxpayers’ details.

This resulted in a one-hour delay yesterday.

Taxpayers who intend filing via post (paper tax returns) must submit their income tax returns to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) today.

However, taxpayers should not panic if they miss today’s cut-off for postal submissions of their tax returns.

Lackay said that, despite widespread awareness around 2010 tax season, there remains certain misconceptions around the deadline.

“There is widespread panic that Thursday [today] is the final deadline. You can visit a SARS branch until November 26, 2010 where they will assist you through eFiling.”

The deadline for electronic submissions for non-provisional taxpayers and trusts is November 26, while he deadline for provisional taxpayers and trusts falls on January 31, 2011.

September 30 paper filing cut-off

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