The South African Revenue Service's (Sars) eFiling system experienced ‘intermittent' problems on Monday morning as thousands of taxpayers started filing their tax returns.
Speaking at the launch of the tax season in Edenvale, Barry Hore, chief operating officer of Sars, said by 10:30 18 622 people had already filed their returns electronically and 56 600 have opened a return with the intent of completing it.
Hore said Sars received some feedback that there have been sporadic problems with the eFiling system, but the system was not ‘down' as thousands of people had already filed their returns electronically.
Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.