Deadline looms for filing returns at SARS branches

Individual taxpayers, who wish to file their personal income tax return at a South African Revenue Service, branch have until Thursday to do so.

“The South African Revenue Service (SARS) reminds individual taxpayers, who wish to file their personal income tax return at a SARS branch, that the final day to do so is Thursday, 22 October 2020,” said SARS.

Taxpayers, who plan to file their returns at a branch, must first make an appointment to see a SARS branch consultant. This is due to COVID-19 restrictions, which are still applicable.

Taxpayers can book their appointment via the link, which is on the SARS website –

To assist taxpayers who file at branches, SARS has extended its branch operating hours until Thursday, 22 October.

On weekdays, SARS branches will open from 8 am to 6 pm.

Taxpayers can also ask a SARS agent to assist by calling 0800 117 277.

Taxpayers, who wish to file at a branch, must bring along all the relevant supporting documents such as their ID or driving license, proof of residence, bank statement not older than three months, proof of income/payslips / IRP5, and tax certificates.

However, taxpayers who use the electronic channel – eFiling – will have until 16 November 2020 to file their personal income tax return online.

Provisional taxpayers, who file electronically via eFiling, have until 29 January 2021. –

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