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The New Tax Clearance Certificate

11 December 2013   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Author: SARS Legal and Policy
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Author: SARS Legal and Policy

In its efforts to guide against fraud and the misuse of the Tax Clearance Certificate, SARS has introduced new security features on the Tax Clearance Certificate.

With effect from 8 December 2013 the "Trading Name” will not be reflected on the Tax Clearance Certificate - only the legal names that are on SARS’s records will be reflected. What this means is, the legal names in SARS’s records per tax reference number will pre-populate next to each reference number reflected on the Tax Clearance Certificate. 

Where the applicant does not agree with the names pre-populated, the taxpayer will have to update his/her registered particulars at a SARS branch with relevant supporting documents, e.g. company registration documents as provided by the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC).

For more information on the Tax Clearance Certificate and required relevant supporting documents, please go to or contact the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 SARS (7277).

Please click here to view an example of the new Tax Clearance Certificate.


Erna P. Ludwick (Brits) says...
Posted 07 July 2014
Hoe gaan ons te werk wanneer 'n alleeneienaar sy handelsnaam op die TCC gedruk wil hê? Trade World vereis dat die individu se naam en van EN handelsnaam op die TCC moet verskyn.


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.


The Act requires that a minimum academic and practical requirments be set to register with a controlling body. Click here for the minimum requirements of SAIT.

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