Almost 67,000 taxpayers submit returns via eFiling as tax season starts
02 July 2015
Posted by: Author: Natasha Marrian
Author: Natasha Marrian (BDlive)
R1.1-trillion based on the current economic climate.
The tax season got off to a positive start, with 67,231 tax returns
filed since midnight — 7,000 more than last year during the same period.
SARS spokesman Luther Lebelo said the target for the revenue service was
set at R1.1-trillion, an increase from last year’s revised target of
"As with the previous years, when the tax threshold was also increased,
SARS expects a marginal decrease of approximately 850,000 tax returns
from the 5.32-million tax returns submitted in 2014, primarily due to
the introduction of a higher submission threshold."
The positive start to the 2015 tax season also showed that South
Africans continued to have confidence in the revenue service, Mr Lebelo
said — this was despite the negative reports that have plagued SARS in
It lost about a dozen senior staff members, including its deputy
commissioner Ivan Pillay, after allegations of a covert or spy unit
operating within the tax agency.
Mr Lebelo said the organisation had stabilised since the ructions began more than a year ago.
"We are left with an organisation that is clean and focused," he said.
An advisory board continues its work on governance at SARS — the board
was appointed by the National Treasury in February to help the
organisation deal with the issues around the covert unit in the short
term and to provide guidance on broader governance issues in the medium
to long term.
The board had received a report on information technology systems from
consultancy Gartner and its operation model from Bain International. The
board’s mandate expired next February, but Treasury could extend it, Mr
He said the major change for taxpayers this year related to who was
required to submit an income tax return (ITR 12) — those taxpayers who
earned less than R350,000 may not need to submit a tax return. This
figure is up from R250,000 last year.
In the 2014 tax season 5.32-million income tax returns were submitted to
SARS — 4.05-million taxpayers who were meant to submit their tax
returns had done so on time — 3.69-million more than in 2013.
The deadline for taxpayers submitting returns manually, by post or using
a SARS drop box, is September 30 2015, the deadline for nonprovisional
taxpayers is November 17 2015. The deadline for provisional taxpayers
who submit returns via eFiling is January 29 2016 and provisional
taxpayers using eFiling can make payments until January 31 2016.
This article first appeared on bdlive.co.za.