Following various changes which were introduced under the Excise Modernisation Programme in May this year, we will now implement Phase 2 of the programme this weekend (18 October 2013). These changes – which have been communicated extensively to clients over the past few months – are aimed primarily at providing Excise clients with the tools to manage their accounts independently.
They include the following:
The introduction of eFiling for submission of Excise accounts (on an EXD01 return). The EXD01 represents the summary pages of the current DA159/160/260 and other similar accounts.
Also on eFiling, once clients have submitted their accounts they can make eFiling payments immediately or can choose to pay later (within the prescribed time frames). You will also be able to make consolidated payments on eFiling. At the moment, clients have to pay separately for each transaction, which gets its own unique Payment Reference Number (PRN). After implementation of Phase 2, you will be able to make one consolidated payment on eFiling for all transactions.
There will be a new dashboard and enquiry function introduced for queries at Excise offices and on eFiling. This will enable you to establish the status of your accounts.
Clients will be able to view their own eAccount on eFiling to manage payments and/or credit allocations between accounts. You will be able to view online functions (e.g. view an Excise Statement of Account or account balance information, allocate payments, etc.) and make payments to selected items or transactions as and when needed.
You are reminded that submission of accounts via eFiling will soon become compulsory and those who have not yet registered for eFiling should do so as soon as possible.
The implementation is expected to take place from 10pm on 18 October 2013. The SARS system will be down for about 2-3 hours while the changes are being made, with everything up and running by Saturday morning (19 October 2013).
If you have any issues during implementation, please contact your nearest Excise branch. An eFiling guide on Declarations, Account Submission and Payments is currently available on the SARS website under Excise, with a further guide on the new Excise eAccount expected to be available soon.
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.