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SARS Announcement: 30 May 2014

30 May 2014   (47 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Landman
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mlandman@thesait.org.za | tel: 0861 777 274 | fax: 086 626 0650 
RE: SARS TO CANCEL eFILING AND OTHER SERVICE CHANNELS

30 May 2014 

Attention Tax Practitioners


In terms of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) tax practitioners are legally required to register with both a ‘recognised controlling body' (i.e. SAIT) and SARS.

SARS notified the Institute that all services, including as eFiling privileges, offered by SARS to tax practitioners who are not registered with SARS and a ‘recognised controlling body’ will be stopped by Saturday, 7 June 2014

We have received the attached communication from SARS regarding tax practitioner registration. There are two procedures for registering as a tax practitioner :

-          Before 7 June 2014 (see below)

-          After 7 June 2014 (click here) 

SARS action and its impact on SAIT members till 6 June 2014 is set out below:

SARS has provided SAIT with the list of tax practitioners that have registered with SARS) and also with SAIT. When we compare this list to the list of our members that have indicated that they are registered tax practitioners with SARS, there appears to be some differences. There are various possible reasons for these differences:
  1. You are registered with SAIT but elected another recognised controlling body (RCB) as your primary RCB that you belong to for the purposes of SARS tax practitioner registration;
  2. You are registered with SAIT and thought you did elect SAIT as your primary RCB for the purposes of SARS tax practitioner registration;
  3. You are registered with SAIT but you forgot to register with or update your SAIT details with SARS as well.

The effect of the different options are as follows:

Scenario

Description

Result

Action required

1.

You elected another RCB (such as SAICA) when registering with SARS.

SAIT will not send your information to SARS until we have confirmed your tax reference number as this information has now been specifically requested by SARS for validation purposes.

Insert your TAX REFERENCE NUMBER on your personal profile via the SAIT website.

Should you experience any difficulties with updating your information on the website please send your name, surname, ID number, PR Number and TAX REFERENCE NUMBER to info@thesait.org.za and we will assist you further.

 

2.

Not registered with SARS as a tax practitioner, but registered with SAIT as a tax practitioner.

SAIT will not send your information to SARS until we have confirmed your tax reference number as this information has now been specifically requested by SARS for validation purposes.

 

You are not a registered tax practitioner and if you are practising as such then you are in breach of the Tax Administration Act.

You should immediately provide SAIT with your tax reference number and then also register with SARS (refer to steps below).

 

3.

You registered with SARS and said you were a SAIT member. However, SAIT cannot verify your details on our database.

SAIT will not submit your information to SARS until you have provided SAIT with all the necessary membership information.

You are not a registered tax practitioner and if you are practising as such then you are in breach of the Tax Administration Act.

You should immediately register with SAIT.

 

Register or update your details as a tax practitioner with SARS before 7 June 2014

To register or update your tax practitioner details (such as which RCB you are registered with) at SARS you must go into efiling and follow the following steps:

1. Go to the "Services" tab and then on the left, click on the "Additional Services" tab.

2. Click on "Continue"

3. Provide all the necessary information on this next page and don’t forget to indicate "SAIT” as the primary professional body that you belong to.

 



Comments...

William H. Powell says...
Posted 11 June 2014
I have received an email to say my income tax reference does not match, this number however is correctly shown on the SARS and SAIT profiles, please confirm if this needs to be updated?
Kevin S. Meissenheimer Mr says...
Posted 09 June 2014
SARS posted a Tax Practitioner Notice on my profile confirming my Tax Practitioner Registration Status as ACTIVE and allocated me a new TPRN (Tax Practitioner Registration Number). Now my concern is to get access to clients - the issue of being appointed as the registered representative. Currently, SARS requires a TP to visit a branch, taking along a signed Power of attorney for each client. When will this be resolved?
Maria G. Pieterse (Pieterse) says...
Posted 06 June 2014
Can you please indicate the process to follow on e-filing to do the RAV01 after 7 June 2014
Kevin S. Meissenheimer Mr says...
Posted 05 June 2014
I have been informed by SAIT that my details have been successfully updated with SARS. I have not yet received any confirmation from SARS. My main concern is about access to my current clients and linking of new clients. I want to expand my client base - I need to be sure that I can service new clients so that I can advertise my services. To go to SARS for each new client is not viable.
David P. Beattie says...
Posted 05 June 2014
I am also very frustrated by this process. SARS is of no help. I have been informed that my details at SARS and SAIT now match. What I cannot do is update the TP-1 page. Like Linda the following error message comes up : - This ID/Passport Number or Income Tax Reference Number is already registered (TP-1 page) . Do any of you know how to resolve this matter. If you do please can you mail me at dave@hrtorque.co.za. Thanks and lets hope that these matters are resolved as soon as possible.
Craig S. du Plessis says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I finally have got back off the floor after seeing the first email from SARS saying there is a mismatch due to my tax number. SARS have actually sent an email. Amazing, WOW, What can I say a button got pushed. I wish there was some brave attorney to take SARS to court over this, there must be thousands of people affected. But it does not matter, TIA. I will hurry up and wait.....
Debra M. Martheze (Pretorius) says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I dont know about anyone else - but I'm struggling to get through to SAIT via landline and emails. I understand that you would be swamped with calls etc but we really do need clarity.....
Bridget L. Pretorius says...
Posted 03 June 2014
Just been told my tax no is incorrect, its correct on SAIT and SARS. How does this get sorted out.
Beatrix A. Jordaan (Van der Linde) says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I reiterate Debra M Martheze's comment. Same on my side. Please advise us. Thank you SAIT.
Linda Murdoch (Prentice) says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I have just got through to the Call Centre and was told that the emails that went out were general communication and were supposed to state the Practitioner number if the person had not verified their details. He checked on my profile and said that SAIT had submitted my details. I hope this means that all is well!
Debra M. Martheze (Pretorius) says...
Posted 03 June 2014
Also just received a SARS email. This was then followed by a SAIT email stating that there is a mismatch and I should update my SAIT profile with "the correct" Income Tax reference number. However it is CORRECT. What is going on?!!! SAIT kindly advise us all urgently!
Jessica Piper (van Rooyen) says...
Posted 03 June 2014
Also received the same email. None of the 3 options above is applicable. I have selected SAIT on my SARS Profile. On my SAIT profile my Tax Practitioner number was correct, but still according to SARS I'm still unregistered/in-active. Please advise how to rectify this
Rachelle Cilliers (Bierman) says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I have received the exact same email. It appears that SARS has possibly send a bulk mail to all registered tax practitioners? Please advice.
John H. Allen says...
Posted 03 June 2014
i also received notification from SARS that i was registered as "inactive/unregistered, yet on checking my details and the SARS website as directed, all my details, including that i was a member of SAIT were reflected. My details on the SAIT membership are all also correct! what do i need to do other than i have done already to rectify the situation?
Ingrid V. Payne says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I have received the same email from SARS stating my registration is showing as Inactive/unregistered. i have tried to contact the membership department and no one is answering the extension, tried the landline and is constantly busy. please kindly advise?
Caroline E. Pretorius says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I also received the notification from SARS “Thank you for re-registering with SARS as a tax practitioner, however your current status is still indicated as “unregistered/in-active.” This is the result of your Recognised Controlling Body (RCB) not having submitted your details to SARS. SARS is however engaging with the respective bodies to ensure this is submitted as soon as possible. Please let us know what is going on, this is very worrying!
Emile Laubscher says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I also received the same message from SARS. Could SAIT please confirm to their members who are on the list that was sent to SARS?
Elmarie Laker says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I received the same notification. This uncertainty is getting old now. Can someone please inform us what to do? The call centre informs me that I need to come to SARS to link all my clients. That is impossible - with all the SARS deadlines, there is no time to do this as well!
Paul D. Foulkes says...
Posted 03 June 2014
So much for monitoring this blog.......
Maryann C. Davie says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I have just had the notification from SARS as described below ie that I am registered with SARS but showing as unregisterd/inactive because my controlling body has not confirmed my status. Please would you clarify.
Elchanet Don says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I have just had the same email from SARS, what do we need to do. I can not have SARS deactivate my facilities - this will impact my business greatly.
Denise Banfield says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I also received an email from SARS with the same notification and have been updating my profile since first requested - how do we know that SAIT have confirmed our membership?
Esti Sharp (Van den Heever) says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I have just received a notification from SARS that my status is still indicated as 'unregistered/inactive' etc. I have re-registered on the SARS website, as per the SAIT instructions. Is there anything else I need to do?
Rossette A. Haynes says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I have just had the same notification from Sars as Maricia du Bruyn has just posted. I am both registered with SARS and SAIT . My details have been updated with both RCB's. What do I do now???
Lee-Ann Steenkamp says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I have the same query as Ms du Bruyn below. I have also just now received a notification from SARS that my status is still indicated as 'unregistered/inactive' etc. I have also now re-registered on the SARS website again, as per the SAIT instructions. Is there anything else I need to do? Thanks, Lee-Ann
Maricia du Bruyn says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I Just received notification from SARS that although I have updated my details, my and I quote ".... your current status is still indicated as “unregistered/in-active.” This is the result of your Recognised Controlling Body (RCB) not having submitted your details to SARS. SARS is however engaging with the respective bodies to ensure this is submitted as soon as possible. Once we have received the submission of your membership from your controlling body your status and accreditation as a registered tax practitioner will be activated." How do I verify that SAIT has send my details through to SARS?
Sello I. Setai says...
Posted 03 June 2014
I called the SARS number for Tax Practitioners to enquire about updating my status to reflect my SAIT membership. The Call centre people said that if I have a Tax Practitioner number I do not need to register. How does one proceed?
Maryann C. Davie says...
Posted 02 June 2014
My details were updated on SARS some time ago with SAIT as the Body. How Can I confirm I am on the valid list?
Gideon van Dyk says...
Posted 02 June 2014
Our Practice have recently bought out another tax practitioner and therefor have currently 2 efiling platforms Platform A for the practice and Platform B from the former practitioner. We are unable to update this efiling platform with our practicing tax practitioner's details (Efiling does not allow the amendment of the ID number). The SARS call center advised that the only way forwards is to resister the clients on the practice's efiling platorm and request the transfer of the clients one by one. One daunting task to transfer 300 odd clients. There must surely be another alternative( e.g SARS efling allowing a efiling platorm to be updated with another practitoiner's details) ?
Craig S. du Plessis says...
Posted 02 June 2014
SAIT, there seems to be a few requests below on how do we as TP's know everything is ok with SARS. There is no "CONFIRMED" on efiling. NO confirmed on SAIT website. HOW DO WE KNOW? or do we just keep on updating on efiling hoping all is ok. What we do on our side and what is actually at SARS is anybodies guess at this stage. My details appear to be correct but when I try to set myself up as the efiling rep efiling can't confirm. Has SARS sorted out their issues.
Gavin Ryan says...
Posted 02 June 2014
If I have administrators on my E-filing profile - do they have to be compliant as well? ie Do they have to register as Tax Practitioners as well and meet all the requirements?
Elmarie Laker says...
Posted 02 June 2014
I have updated everything on SARS and SAIT was already selected when I went to re-register. Hopefully that is a good sign. What is the next step? How do I link my clients to my TP profile. I have a lot of clients that have their own profiles - how do we go about keeping them compliant?
Margeret Stiemer says...
Posted 01 June 2014
What happens if a client has his own efiling profile, submits his own returns? How must he be registered as he is clearly not a TP, just the owner of the business who does returns himself. I do have his log in details to check his returns when he requests me to do so. What will the action be in this case?
Joffre Papenfus says...
Posted 31 May 2014
In the event of SARS failing to manage this process, as have happened on all major changes, who will be liable for compensating compliant practitioners for any unfair loss of income or even business in the event that SARS illegally suspend services due to their verification failing. (if a TP is compliant, any action taken against him/her must surely be outside the purpose and spirit of the law) Also, will SARS accept responsibility for PAYE submission delays / payment delays when disruptions occur in a submissions week? It seems, like the recent IT changes, that SARS is timing changes for maximum disruption aimed at inconveniencing those taxpayers making use of tax practitioners. In the event of problems, will SARS have dedicated support staff on hand to correct any illegal service suspension? And will SARS reimburse the cost for time lost in correcting any wrongful actions they take?
Linda Murdoch (Prentice) says...
Posted 31 May 2014
Multiple profiles - OK so found SAIT instructions dated July13 to do update on Profile A - but what about profile B that cannot be updated and has my clients attached to it?
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