Number of early tax returns makes Sars’ job easier‚ says commissioner

The level of compliance by taxpayers so far this Tax Season is a sign of “confidence in the South African Revenue Service (Sars)”‚ the tax collector said on Tuesday.

In a statement‚ Sars said that by 1pm on Monday more than 1-million mark tax returns had been submitted.

“This is encouraging and an important compliance measure for Sars as it indicates that 23.07% of taxpayers who are required to submit a tax return have already done so compared to 18.79% at the same time last year‚” the statement said.

“Since the beginning of Tax Season on 1 July 2015‚ when taxpayers could officially commence completing and submitting their 2015 tax returns‚ 610 067 (60.96%) of taxpayers have used eFiling to complete and submit their returns while 388 058 (38.78%) of taxpayers opted to file a branch whilst a mere 2661 (0.27%) taxpayer opted to submit manually via post or drop box.”

Sars commissioner Tom Moyane said: “This has certainly made our job easier this year. For our part we will continuously strive to make your interaction with us as seamless‚ efficient‚ simple and convenient as possible. And we will treat you with fairness‚ dignity and respect which as the shareholders of our country you richly deserve.”

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