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2021 SA tax season: SARS announces start dates and details

Here are the important dates that taxpayers should be aware of:

  • 1 July to 23 November 2021 – This is the period for taxpayers who file online. Taxpayers who cannot file online can do so at a SARS branch by appointment only.
  • 1 July to 28 January 2022 – This is the period for Provisional taxpayers including Trusts may file via eFiling or SARS MobiApp.

If taxpayers accept the outcome of their automatic assessment, they do not have to file a tax return at all.

SARS confirmed that it auto-assesses based on the data received from employers, financial institutions, medical schemes, retirement annuity fund administrators and other third-party data providers.

What to prepare before filing starts

SARS said that now is a good time to get your tax matters ready to ensure a smooth filing experience. The tax collector said that taxpayers should prepare the following information ahead of time:

  • Make sure that you have received your IRP5/IT3(a)s and other tax certificates like medical certificate, retirement annuity fund certificate and any other 3rd party data that are relevant in determining your tax obligations
  • Reset your eFiling username and password if you have forgotten them.
  • Update your personal information such as banking details, address and contact details online on eFiling or the SARS MobiApp.

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