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How to register with SARS as a taxpayer

by , 14 April 2014
Fact: The tax season for individual taxpayers is around the corner. And if you must submit tax returns for the first time, you must register with SARS. Here are two easy steps to follow.

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Follow these steps to register as a taxpayer

SARS outlines the steps you need to take to get started if you haven't registered as a taxpayer:

Step #1: Complete the IT 77 form. You can get the form from SARS' website or from your nearest SARS branch.

Once you've completed the form, visit your nearest SARS branch to hand in your form with a copy of your certified ID Passport or Driver's Licence.

Step #2: When SARS has registered you as a taxpayer and has given you a tax number, register for eFiling on www.sarsefiling.co.za.

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Here's why you should register for eFiling as a taxpayer

Experts at FSP Business, say while registration on SARS eFiling isn't compulsory, it has its advantages.

They say 'you'll get to submit your tax returns and declarations, make payments and communicate with SARS in a secure online environment.'

Registering for eFiling also means you don't have to stand in long queues or risk delays. You really have no reason to not register. All you need is a computer and internet access.

The bottom line: Nobody likes punishment, whether it's in the form of criticism, a slap on the wrist, a fine or some other way, says the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT).

'In the tax context, punishment for non-compliance comes in the form of a penalty, which raises one's blood pressure for all sorts of reasons, not least of which is the financial cost, which can sometimes be quite hefty.'

The best thing you can do for yourself is to register as a taxpayer so you can comply with the Tax Administration Act and avoid penalties.

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