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Have you lodged an objection to SARS via eFiling? Then you MUST know this TIP

by , 20 November 2015
So, you were very unhappy with a SARS assessment, so you decided to lodge and objection.

Now you just have to wait for SARS to get back to you, right? Not necessarily!
Once you've lodged an objection with SARS, you must keep a close eye out for any information requests they may have.

Let me explain...

Objections via eFiling

If you submit your objection via eFiling, then notifications and letters from SARS will appear on the objections work page.

In other words, SARS won't phone you, email you or send you a letter. They expect you to regularly check your eFIling profile for any correspondence.

This is vital information for you to be aware of because, very often, many who lodge an objection expect SARS to simply get back to them. But the fact of the matter is that SARS has made it VERY clear that you're responsible for regularly checking eFiling for any correspondence.

Has SARS taken ages to respond to your objection?
Did you know SARS must respond to your objection in 60 days?
And if it doesn't, the Tax Administration Act gives you a powerful weapon you can legally use to win your case.
Here's everything you need to know about objecting and appealing a SARS assessment
And so, you must adopt a proactive approach for communicating with SARS after lodging an objection because they'll more than likely request further information from you.

SARS can ask you for information for a period of 30 days after you've lodged an objection. If it's after 30 days, you can deny this request. But at
the end of the day, providing all requested information is highly recommended.

Now, once you have received notifications from SARS, you'll have 30 days to send the documents to them.

That's why it's so important for you to keep an active eye out for correspondence with SARS. Because if they ask for any information (and there's always a chance they will), you'll only be able to benefit from providing it on time.

If you're late in providing information to SARS, you can ask for an extension, but only on solid grounds.

So don't be caught out! Rather be prompt in your responses to SARS. Be proactive and always check up on eFiling after lodging an objection.

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