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The purpose of ‘rights groups’ on efiling in the light of the new merge function

Monday, 10 November 2014   (0 Comments)
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Author: SAIT Technical

Q: SARS implemented this "MERGE” thing on e-filing now, we as a Tax practitioner company have about a few hundred businesses and individuals as our clients. All of the separate e-filing profiles were merged in July 2009 already when SARS first implemented the "RIGHTS GROUPS”.

Would we need to do this for each individual taxpayer that is registered on our profile or only for our business clients?

A: The Rights groups have nothing to do with the merging of clients.

Rights groups are created so that you can select what taxes will be available for access in each group and also control what can be done with the client, view, complete or submit returns and also dictates what Users are added to the group.

So in short the answer is no. You do not create a group for each taxpayer. You create Groups to restrict what can be done with each tax by the users that are assigned to the group.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this query and answer should be construed as constituting tax advice or a tax opinion. An expert should be consulted for advice based on the facts and circumstances of each transaction/case. Even though great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the answer, SAIT do not accept any responsibility for consequences of decisions taken based on this query and answer. It remains your own responsibility to consult the relevant primary resources when taking a decision.



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