Thou­sands al­ready do­ing efil­ing

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - PERSONALFINANCE -

The South African Rev­enue Ser­vice (SARS) has had an over­whelm­ing re­sponse to the first week of the tax re­turn fil­ing sea­son, but on the first two days some tax­pay­ers strug­gled to gain ac­cess to the eFil­ing web­site and to log on.

This was a re­sult of the high num­ber of tax­pay­ers on the site – more than 300 000 logged on on each of those days.

SARS says that by Tues­day af­ter­noon ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity had been put in place for the eFil­ing ser­vice to han­dle the large vol­umes of tax­pay­ers ac­cess­ing the site.

SARS also re­duced the timeout pe­riod on the site to max­imise se­cu­rity and en­sure that peo­ple who are logged on are ac­tively us­ing the con­nec­tion.

SARS says that be­tween Mon­day when the tax sea­son be­gan and noon yes­ter­day 360 608 re­turns had been sub­mit­ted, in­clud­ing 235 444 that were sub­mit­ted on eFil­ing.

By noon yes­ter­day R889 mil­lion had been paid to tax­pay­ers as tax re­funds, ver­sus R595 mil­lion in 2012 for the same pe­riod. – Laura du Preez

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