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Tax practitioners up in arms over Sars payments

22 January 2014   (3 Comments)
Posted by: Author: Ingé Lamprecht
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Author: Ingé Lamprecht (Moneywebtax)

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) continues to encourage the use of the credit push option in eFiling, despite numerous complaints from tax practitioners that the new system is cumbersome.

Sars says it is not responsible for the way the credit push function works and merely uses what payment systems and tools are made available to it by the banking system.

Some tax practitioners have experienced significant difficulties following the withdrawal of the debit pull facility on eFiling in favour of a credit push system in the latter part of last year. The debit pull system allowed taxpayers or their approved representatives to authorise Sars to collect the money owed directly from their bank on their behalf.

With the credit push function, the bank account holder performs the payment. The eFiling system advises the taxpayer of the amount that needs to be paid via a payment request from the bank and the taxpayer then needs to authorise the payment by instructing the bank to make the payment.

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Leonard L. Leuw says...
Posted 25 January 2014
Main problem is that most banks do not inform clients that there is an amount due to be authorised and clients forget to transact the authority to transfer to SARS on time or not at all. The burden is on the tax practitioner to remind them. One particular bank also has this system that if the payment is not authorised within 24 hours of the request being made, the request simply disappears into cyberspace! I guess in time all will become normalised but who bears the cost of penalties and interest in the meantime? Poor well meaning tax payer.
Ali Kassim Watuwa sr says...
Posted 24 January 2014
It is really challenging cause most of my clients are always busy and in turn the burden of payment comes back to me as iam always assigned with all Tax matters. So the client is forced to line up in the bank or else transfer the money to my account to withdraw and pay SARS which is really tiring
Elizabeth van der Merwe (Lanser) says...
Posted 24 January 2014
The challenge I had was the daily limit that a client has on bank account. There was enough money in his bank account but his daily limit was R 50 000 and the VAT was more than that, the client could not change the amount to what was available on his daily limit resulting in non payment of VAT which meant penalties for the client. The bank was Nedbank and daily limits can not be changed online the client must visit the bank to do this. This was not foreseen and the bank was closed.


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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