Do tax practitioners have to submit power of attorneys via efiling?
10 November 2014
Posted by: Author: SAIT Technical
Author: SAIT Technical
Do tax practitioners
have to submit power of attorneys via efiling?
Q: There has been
a new procedure that has to be completed on e-filing when submitting a tax
return for an individual. It seems we have to now submit a power of attorney
via e-filing to be able to submit the return for the individual. I managed to
do this for one of my clients but I received an email back stating that the
details I have supplied could not be verified and that I have to go into a SARS
branch to be able to verify these details.
Please confirm if you are aware of this. And please tell me that there is an easier way to get this
Because we are 3 weeks away from the due date for filing the
2014 filing season and this will be a complete waste of time if we need to go
and verify details for each individual.
The average waiting time at SARS is now 3-4 hours and you
can do only 1 individual verification. We still have about 700 individuals to
go before the e-filing season is over.
Please can you follow this up for me and then let me know
what the next step will be or if SARS will be able to correct this to make it
easier for everyone.
A: You do not
need to verify each and every client. This is only done when you are actually
doing changes to the clients address details or phone numbers etc.
can just go to returns and submit the Return for all your clients.
ensure though that you have confirmed your PR number on eFiling by doing the
1. Login to eFiling
2. Click on Services
3. Click on My TP
configuration on the Left
4. Click on
5. Click on Confirm
Practitioner Status Grey button in the middle of the screen.
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