Taxpayers who do not use SARS eFiling or the SARS MobiApp but require assistance from SARS branch staff to file their income tax returns will only be able to do so from 1 August 2019 until 31 October 2019.
The reason for the staggered approach to Tax Season 2019 is to encourage taxpayers to use the two digital channels, namely SARS eFiling and the SARS MobiApp, which are available 24/7, offers enhanced features and removes the need to queue at a SARS branch.
The SARS MobiApp for smartphones is downloadable from the Play Store or App Store and will allow taxpayers to register for SARS eFiling, submit a return, upload supporting documents, retrieve their username or reset their password and view their Notice of Assessment (ITA34), among other services.
Taxpayers who meet all of the following criteria need not submit a return:
Their total employment income for the year before tax is not more than R500 000.
They only receive employment income from one employer for the full tax year.
They have no other form of income, such as car allowance, business income, and rental income, taxable interest or income from another job.
They don't have any additional allowable tax-related deductions to claim, such as medical expenses, retirement annuity contributions and travel expenses.
To further assist taxpayers from making unnecessary trips to SARS branches, taxpayers who are not required to file a return and who have repeatedly filed a return in the past will receive a notification from SARS that they do not have to submit a return.
"In addition, they will receive a simulated outcome from SARS as if they had filed a return. The outcome will be based on information that SARS has received from employers and other sources and will who show what the taxpayer could expect as if they had filed a return," said SARS.
Tax Season Deadlines
Taxpayers who go to a SARS branch to file will be assisted from 1 August until 31 October 2019.
Provisional taxpayers have until 31 January 2020 to file via SARS eFiling.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)