Tax filing season started on Saturday, a month ahead of the revised date originally envisaged because of the challenges related to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
The SA Revenue Service (Sars) will test its new auto-assessment function for more than 3 million individual taxpayers.
Earlier this week, Sars commissioner Edward Kieswetter said that the automated process would make it possible for the service to provide at least eight out of every 10 taxpayers with an assessment outcome in fewer than three seconds.
This will largely be dependent on the infrastructure used by the taxpayer, such as the speed of their network used to connect to Sars.
Kieswetter said Sars aimed to pay at least seven out of every 10 taxpayers their refunds within 72 hours should there be nothing to delay the process, such as data mismatch, incorrect or outstanding banking details, outstanding returns or other compliance aspects.
Sars will provide specific requests for any outstanding information that is holding up your assessment.
- August 1 to 31: Auto-assessment SMS notices will be sent out to about 3.1 million individual taxpayers who may or may not choose to accept the assessment. If they accept the result, they simply submit their prepopulated return on the Sars MobiApp or eFiling platform.
Should a taxpayer feel that they have additional information they want to add to the return, they may edit their return on eFiling or the app.
They will be able to use the tax calculator to get a sense of their assessment outcome, subject to the information being complete.
- September 1 to November 16: Taxpayers who require assistance may call contact centres for help. As a last resort, taxpayers may make an appointment over the phone or on the Sars website and will be assigned a slot to visit a branch office.
- October 22: The closing date for taxpayers who elect to file at a Sars branch.
- November 16: The closing date for taxpayers who file online using MobiApp or eFiling.
- January 29: The closing date for provisional taxpayers to fulfil outstanding filing obligations. – Maya Fisher-French