Tax payers urged to cough up
ThE SOUTh afrICaN
• The next step is to file your tax return. This is done annually and is not as scary as people think. The tax season runs from 1 March to 28 February every year. Tax payers must then submit their tax return, usually between July and November.
• It is easy to claim for deductions, which are usually noted on your pay slip and can be used as proof that your taxes are up to date. Remember to detail your deductions on the right forms and you might get a pleasant surprise at year end.
• If you have to pay any money to SARS you can pay electronically, at a bank, or via
SARS spokesperson Sicelo Mkosi said South African tax payers must pay their taxes on time to avoid penalties, interest or criminal charges. There are about 236 000 people who could suffer these consequences if they do not settle their debt.
SARS urges those who are unable to meet their financial obligations to speak to a branch consultant or someone at the call centre (0800 00 7277) to make payment arrangements.