Yesterday, the individual tax filing season was launched by SARS and already, on the first day, we could see the SARS eFiling website struggling to handle the volumes of eFilers logging in to file tax returns.
Thousands of returns were filed on the first day of the filing season which might have caught SARS by surprise. Traditionally, taxpayers prefer to wait until the last few days of the filing season to get their tax returns done and this is normally the time we expect the eFiling website to start stumbling under the pressure.
SARS has acknowledged via their website that they are aware of the technical difficulties being experienced by eFiling and that their technicians and service providers are investigating the network issues.
Taxpayers should also take note of the amended requirements for filing tax returns that were announced during the budget speech in February this year. Individuals who earn less than R250 000 per year from a single employer and will not be submitting any claims for medical aid or RA contributions or travel expenses do not need to file a tax return this year. If you want to confirm whether you are one of the individuals exempt from filing this year, access the following link from the SARS website: