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Tax alert: SARS postpones deadline for provisional taxpayers

Business Insider SA
  • The filing season deadline for provisional taxpayers who file their returns online, has been postponed from Friday 29 January, to 15 February.
  • SARS says this is due to the “traumatic” fall-out from the pandemic.
  • Taxpayers who don’t make the deadline, will face fines.
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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has extended the online filing deadline for provisional taxpayers from 29 January to 15 February due to the pandemic

“The decision to extend the Filing Season, was taken with due consideration of the traumatic effects being experienced by taxpayers who have lost loved ones, as well as businesses who have lost staff, during the devastating second wave of Covid-19,” said SARS Commissioner Edward Kieswetter.

He urged taxpayers who received auto-assessment notices last year but who have not yet accepted the assessments, or have not submitted a response, to keep to the deadline.

Provisional taxpayers who have not filed by 15 February will face administrative penalties.

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SARS offices have been closed to the public since 24 December, and physical visits to branches are not allowed. Appointments can, however, be made to speak to tax officials over the phone or, for a video call, via Microsoft Teams.

All offices still operate remotely via digital channels. 

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