Tax pay­ers urged to cough up

Vuk'uzenzele - - General -

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

Avoid penal­ties

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.

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