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The easiest and quickest way to file your 2013 tax return

by , 01 July 2013
It's all systems go for individual tax payers as the 2013 tax-filing season officially commences today. The deadline for you to submit your tax return by e-filing is 22 November 2013. Here's the most convenient way SARS recommends you use to submit your returns quicker.

When it comes to tax-filing season, the earlier you do it the better.

Not only will this ensure you're not liable for penalties, but you'll have the peace of mind knowing you've complied and that all your affairs are in order.

So what's the simplest and quickest way to file your tax return?

The income tax return you should complete is known as the ITR12 form.

According to SARS, the easiest and quickest way to file your tax return is online, by making use of SARS eFiling. But, to use it, you must first register for eFiling on the SARS eFiling website.

Once registered, you can complete the online form to create your tax return.

'Note that you will start by completing the first page of the form which contains several questions regarding the nature of your tax affairs (referred to as a return 'wizard'). Completion of this part will automatically tailor the tax return to your specific tax requirements,' explains SARS.

If you need assistance in completing your tax return via eFiling, SARS has dedicated call centre agents who can assist you online by taking you through a parallel, step-by-step 'Help-you-eFile' process.

That's not all.

Another option once you have registered for eFiling is to file your return by making use of your cell phone by linking with the SARS mobisite. Alternately, you can download the SARS eFiling App, after which you'll be able to file your individual income tax returns quickly and easily via your iPhone 4 or 4s, iPad, Android phone and Android tablet.

If you had already registered for eFiling, but have forgotten your password, follow this simple procedure to reset your password.

In addition to eFiling, you can file your returns by visiting any SARS branch office. To find your nearest branch visit the SARS branch locator. Just note that there may be delays and queues during filing season, which is why SARS promotes the use of eFiling as a medium for return submission.

Remember, the deadline for all taxpayers who submit their returns electronically at a SARS branch is 22 November 2013. Meanwhile the deadline for taxpayers who wish to submit their tax return manually, by mail or by drop-off at any dedicated SARS drop box, is 27 September 2013.

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