What you need to know about the 2021 SARS Tax Filing Season for Individuals

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How can I get my tax number from SARS?

If you have forgotten your tax number, you can request it from SARS by visiting the branch or the website once you have registered for eFiling. You can get your tax number on eFiling once you have registered by login into your profile. You can also request your notice of registration via the MobiApp if you are a registered eFiler.

eFiling has been updated to allow taxpayers to request the Notice of Registration (IT150) under the ‘SARS Registered Details’ menu option.

You can get your tax number at a SARS branch by setting an appointment and visiting the branch the appointment has been set to. Remember that you can only go to the branch once you have set an appointment.

To Booking an appointment with SARS, Taxpayers may use the following options made available:

• Send an SMS to 47277, followed by the word “booking” a space and your ID or Passport number, or Asylum Permit number and a SARS agent will call to assist you within 3 days to make an appointment.

• Visit the SARS website for an online booking

Your appointment can take place through several channels, such as telephonically appointment whereby you can get assistance through a telephone call or a by physically visiting the branch. Make sure you select the correct option when booking your appointments, which can be booked up to 60 days ahead.

Individual income tax return filing dates

1 July to 23 November 2021:

Taxpayers who file online

Taxpayers who cannot file online can do so at a SARS branch by appointment only.

1 July to 31 January 2022:  Provisional taxpayers including Trusts may file via eFiling or SARS MobiApp.

Individual filing opening

It is time for Taxpayers to file their tax return. The period to file your tax returns commenced on 1 July 2021. The good news is that a significant number of individual taxpayers will be auto-assessed again this year, and the process has started back in July.  No need to call SARS, an SMS will be sent to you from SARS if you are selected to be auto-assessed. If you accept your auto-assessment, any under or overpayment of tax will be processed as normal. If you want to edit your return, you can file your return on eFiling or the SARS MobiApp.

New mobile services
Taxpayers can now request specific Personal Income Tax related services by sending an SMS to SARS on 47277. The following additional tax related services are offered to taxpayers via their mobile device. These services can be accessed with or without data/airtime:


• Request an eBooking appointment
Booking ID number/Passport number/ Asylum Seeker number

• Confirmation request to determine whether to submit a (PIT) tax return
File ID number/Passport number/ Asylum Seeker number

• Request the issuing of the IT150 (Tax Registration Number)
TRN ID number/Passport number/ Asylum Seeker number

• Request Account related queries (balance statements) and/or provision of Statement of the Account (SOA)
Balance ID number/Passport number/ Asylum Seeker number

New Guide to SARS Mobile Tax Services
The services below are offered on the SARS Mobile Tax Services and can be accessed with or without data/airtime.

The main changes are the addition of tax services via SMS namely:
• Confirmation request whether a taxpayer should submit their (PIT) tax return
File ID number/Passport number/ Asylum Seeker number

• Request the issuing of the IT150 (Tax Registration Number) or taxpayers who are requesting their Tax Reference Number
TRN ID number/Passport number/ Asylum Seeker number

• Request Account related queries (balance statements) and provision of Statement of the Account (SOA)
Balance ID number/Passport number/ Asylum Seeker number

Taxpayers can request the following tax services via SMS:

The text message on the SMS must have the applicable wording that is reserved for each service as well as demographic information as demonstrated.

Where applicable, an email correspondence will be issued to the taxpayer where a request was made for the issuing of the SOA or the IT150. For more detail, see the Guide to SARS Mobile Tax Services.

Disclaimer:
All information provided regarding individual personal tax affairs should not be deemed as tax advise and must be verified by visiting the SARS website or the official SARS Social media pages. Information provided is provided to inform South African website users in a simpler and concise manner.



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