First decide the type of tax clearance certificate you'll need
This could be for a certificate of good standing required by a supplier, or for a tender you've applied for. SARS must issue or decline an application for a certificate within 21 business days from the date on which the application is made.
'It will therefore be difficult to fast-track a clearance certificate if 21 business days have not yet elapsed,' says Sharon MacHutchon, tax
consultant at global audit, tax
and accounting firm Mazars.
For a 'good standing' tax clearance certificate
, you'll need to furnish the reason for the tax clearance
whereas for a 'tender' certificate, you'll need to reflect the tender number, the estimated amount of the tender and duration of the tender on the application form.
For SARS to issue a tax clearance certificate
, it must be satisfied that certain requirements have been met.
2 Circumstances where SARS won't issue you with a tax clearance certificate
A tax clearance certificate will not be issued if you have any outstanding debt due to SARS. This includes any taxes relating to income tax, VAT, PAYE, UIF, SDL and other taxes administered by SARS, excluding Customs & Excise.
SARS will also not issue a clearance if you have any outstanding tax returns. This holds for tax returns relating to all forms of taxes administered by SARS, and includes annual and monthly returns.
'However, if you've entered into an arrangement with SARS for submitting the outstanding tax
returns, the tax
clearance can be issued,' Sharon says.
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