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By Penwell Dlamini and Pertunia Ratsatsi | Sep 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE South African Revenue Service offices were crowded yesterday as taxpayers tried to submit their tax returns ahead of today's deadline.

People queued at the Sars offices at Johannesburg's Carlton Centre from as early as 5.30am to submit their tax returns. They stood in long queues while others sat on the floor.

Kuki Mamabolo took a day off from work to beat the deadline.

"Its hectic," she said. "I came here at 8.30am and was only able to finish the whole process six hours later."

Lindiwe Kubheka stood with her husband Veli in the snaking queue.

"There is no water and no food," Lindiwe said. "We have been queueing for about six hours. All I want now is food and something to drink."

The doors were closed at about 2.30pm to allow Sars staff to process people who were already inside the offices. Most taxpayers felt Sars should have made an extension after the 10-day strike by its staff.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay said: "The deadline remains September 18 for manual submissions and November 20 for electronic eFiling. Taxpayers who cannot submit the manual return by Friday (today) can approach any Sars branch at any time before November 20 and we will register them on eFiling and submit their return free of charge."

Lackay said more than 1,5 million tax returns had been received since the tax season opened on July 1. This figure is a 52,6 percent increase on the same period last year.


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