When Can I Submit my SARS Tax Return?

By Craig Will •  Updated: 12/19/24 •  6 min read

South Africa is a veritable juggernaut, not only on the continent of Africa but on a global stage as well.

South Africa counts itself as the only African member state of BRICS, an acronym for the five leading emerging economies in the world.

Despite ranking second ($418.02 billion) on the African continent in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) behind Nigeria ($441.54 billion).

South Africa easily outranks Africa’s most populous country in GDP per capita, indicating that South Africa’s wealth reaches more of its citizenry than Nigeria does.

South Africa is also home to the highest number of millionaires on the African continent as of 2021.

With 39 300 high net-worth individuals calling the country home, roughly one-third of the total number of millionaires on the African continent.

By comparison, the second-ranked African country by the number of High Net Worth Individuals (HNWIs), Egypt, only has 16 900 HNWIs, and Nigeria 10 000.

These HNWIs contribute to the South African economy through their spending, job creation, and tax contributions.

With SARS drawing a good portion of its strength from the countries elite, making SARS one of the biggest revenue agencies on the African continent.

This article teaches you where you can submit your SARS tax returns.

When can I submit my SARS tax return?

In South Africa, the deadline for submitting your personal income tax return (also known as a SARS tax return) is usually on or around October 31st of each year.

The deadline for submitting your tax return may be extended to January 31st if you are submitting your tax return online.

It’s important to note that the deadline for submitting your tax return may be different if you are a small business owner or if you are self-employed.

In these cases, the deadline for submitting your tax return may be earlier than October 31st.

If you are unsure about the deadline for submitting your tax return, it’s a good idea to check the South African Revenue Service (SARS) website or to contact SARS directly for more information.

What is the deadline to file taxes 2024?

Taxpayers need to note that the 2024 individual filing season is closing earlier than usual in 2024-with the deadline set for the 24th of October.

Individual tax affairs were processed through auto assessments this year.

Auto assessments started rolling out on 1 July, and over 3 million individual non-provisional taxpayers were assessed by the revenue service.

Taxpayers satisfied with the outcome of the auto-assessment do not have to file a tax return-the return will be regarded as submitted and final in that instance.

If the taxpayer finds that there is missing or inaccurate information pertaining to either income or expenses, which may have affected the outcome.

It must be declared to SARS within 40 business days of the auto assessment notification by submitting a tax return to SARS.

Where taxpayers submit a return, thus indicating that they are not in agreement with SARS’s auto assessment, SARS will process the return and issue a revised assessment.

If not in agreement with the revised assessment, a taxpayer can initiate an objection through the normal SARS objections process.

Non-provisional taxpayers who did not get an auto-assessment and are required to file have until October 24 to do so.

Provisional taxpayers, as well as trust submissions, have until 23 January 2024 to file their returns.

Can I still file my taxes for 2024?

The deadline to file taxes in South Africa for the 2024 financial year, as of the time of writing, has already elapsed.

The deadline for provisional individual filing was 24 October, and this was due to auto-assessments being used by SARS since the 1st of July.

Provisional taxpayers, as well as trust submissions, have until 23 January 2024 to file their returns.

How do I file a 2024 tax return on eFiling?

To file a 2024 tax return on eFiling, you will need to follow these steps:

Go to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) website and click on the “eFiling” tab.

If you have not already registered for eFiling, you will need to do so by clicking on the “Register” button and following the prompts to create an account.

If you have already registered, log in to your account using your user ID and password.

Once you are logged in to your eFiling account, click on the “Submit Return” tab and select “Individual Income Tax.”

Follow the prompts to complete your tax return, including entering your personal and financial information.

Be sure to have all of your tax documents, such as your salary slips and receipts for any deductions, on hand to help you complete your return accurately.

Review your tax return carefully before submitting it to ensure all the information is correct.

Once you are satisfied that your tax return is complete and accurate, submit it by clicking on the “Submit” button.

If you are having trouble completing your tax return on eFiling, you can contact the South African Revenue Service for assistance.

It is important to note that the deadline for filing your tax return for the tax year 2024 is October 31, 2024.

Be sure to file your return and pay any taxes owed by this deadline to avoid penalties and interest.

What happens if I miss the SARS eFiling deadline?

You may be subject to penalties and interest if you miss the deadline for filing your tax return on the South African Revenue Service (SARS) eFiling system.

It is important to file your tax return and pay any taxes owed by the deadline to avoid these additional charges.

If you are unable to file your tax return by the deadline, you may be able to request an extension of time to file.

To request an extension, you will need to contact SARS and explain why you cannot file your return by the deadline.

If your request is granted, you will be given additional time to file your tax return, but you will still be responsible for paying any taxes owed by the original deadline.

If you miss the deadline and do not request an extension, you may be subject to penalties and interest on any taxes owed.

SARS may also take enforcement action, such as garnishing your wages or seizing your assets, to collect any unpaid taxes.

It is important to take timely action to file your tax return and pay any taxes owed to avoid these potential consequences.

The administrative penalty for filing a return late is a fixed amount penalty based on a taxpayer’s taxable income.

It can range from R250 up to a whopping R16 000 a month if the non-compliance continues.

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