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Sars extends filing season deadline

Conceding that ‘systemic issues’ and recent load shedding has made it difficult for taxpayers to file their returns.
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The South African Revenue Service (Sars) announced on Tuesday its decision to extend the filing season deadline for non-provisional individual taxpayers by nine days to Thursday, December 2.

Its initial e-filing deadline was meant to be on Tuesday, November 23.

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“Sars is acutely aware [of] systemic issues the organisation has experienced, as well as the impact of load shedding on taxpayers, which made it difficult for taxpayers to file their returns,” the tax agency said in a statement.

“As a result, the date for levying of penalties on taxpayers that have not filed their return will be extended and implemented in January 2022,” Sars added.

“We urge taxpayers to use our convenient digital channels namely eFiling, Sars MobiApp, as well as the SMS service which has the number 47277. By sending an SMS to this number, taxpayers can book an appointment at a Sars branch [and] check if they need to file a return and other services.”

 * Palesa Mofokeng is a Moneyweb intern.

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