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Direct Payments From eFiling Axed

09 September 2013   (5 Comments)
Posted by: Author: Ingé Lamprecht
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Author: Ingé Lamprecht (MoneywebTax)

The option to make a direct payment to the South African Revenue Service (Sars) through its eFiling, website without additional authorisation, will soon be withdrawn.

This will not only affect third-party users of the eFiling website such as tax practitioners, but also businesses and individuals who do their own eFiling, says Marika Muller, Sars media unit deputy-spokesperson.

Last week, Sars announced in a communication to taxpayers that the so-called debit pull transactions on eFiling will be phased out and discontinued over the space of one month, starting on September 4 2013.

By initiating a debit pull transaction, the payer or account-holder authorises the entity they wish to pay to collect the money directly from their bank on their behalf. With regards to eFiling debit pull transactions, Sars was authorised by the taxpayer to collect the money owing directly from their bank, which it did by instructing its bank to collect the amount from the taxpayer's bank account.

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Comments...

Paul J. Butler says...
Posted 26 September 2013
SARS have not thought this through as usual. I have clients who live in rural towns, have no internet, no banks and the nearest SARS could be between 100 and 200 kms away. Most of these clients are aged.
Chris van Coller says...
Posted 14 September 2013
Sal SAIT asb alles in hulle mag doen om SARS te oorreed om af te sien van die nuwe stelsel. Daar gaan vir baie lank miljoene rande se boetes en rente gehef word op betalings wat nie reg gedoen gaan word nie. Hoekom iets verander wat perfek werk?
Heather M. Ridley (YOUNG) says...
Posted 13 September 2013
The best yet is that the banks ( Nedbank and Standard Bank) don't even know what the User Id is and what we are even talking about. This affects the elderly terribly as they are not on internet banking and this was saving them trips up to SARS. This is not a very bright move at all. We have enough on our plates with SARS making our lives more difficult. Please can they rethink this move.
Justin M. Fuchs says...
Posted 13 September 2013
The saying goes - "if it ain't broke, don't try to fix it"! Debit pull transactions have worked extremely well and given taxpayers peace of mind that their taxes are paid on time. Why now complicate things?? Makes no practical sense..
Waldmar Pelser says...
Posted 13 September 2013
SARS did not think att all. They are disconnected as to the practical side of things. Please re-consider !!

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