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The 2014 tax season is underway! Here are SARS' four handy tax tips to help you submit your ITR12 on time

by , 02 July 2014
The 2014 tax season for individuals kicked off yesterday and comes to an end on 21 November 2014.

This means, you have just more than three months to complete and submit your Income Tax Return (ITR12) to SARS.

Here are SARS' four handy tax tips to help you submit your ITR12 by the deadline.

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Use SARS' four tips to submit your 2014 tax return seamlessly

Tip #1: Have the right documents

SARS says that when completing your ITR12 you must have relevant material at hand. You may need to refer to these while completing your return.

Some of the documents you'll need include your Tax Certificate (IRP5), which you would have received from your employer.

Click here to get a full list of all the documents you'll need to complete your tax return accurately.

Tip #2: Use a registered tax practitioner

If you use a tax practitioner, he must be registered with a Recognised Controlling Body as well as with SARS.

Simply ask your tax practitioner to provide you with the relevant documents so you can confirm that he's registered.

SARS urges you to always remember that, even though your tax practitioner is completing and submitting your ITR12 on your behalf, the responsibility still rests with you to make a true declaration and submit any outstanding returns, payments and penalties.

You can't afford to overlook these next two tips this tax season.

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Two additional tips to help you file your 2014 tax return easily

Tip #3: Beware of scams

SARS says it'll never ask for your banking or personal details in any communication that you receive via post, email, phone or SMS. And it'll never send you hyperlinks to other websites – even those of banks.

Take a look at this article. It contains all the tax scams you need to be aware of this tax season.

Tip #4: Take note of these dates

SARS says depending on how you submit your Income Tax Return (ITR12), be sure you know the due date:

  • If you submit by post or drop off your return in a SARS drop box, the due date is 26 September 2014.
  • If you submit electronically at a SARS branch (provisional and non-provisional), the due date is 21 November 2014.
  • If you're a non-provisional taxpayer who uses eFiling, the deadline is 21 November 2014.
  • If you're a provisional taxpayer who uses eFiling, the deadline is 30 January 2015.


There you have it. We hope these tips will help you submit your 2014 tax return on time so you can avoid penalties.



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