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Everything you need to know about Pay Periods on your IRP5

Posted 12 October 2018

What are Pay Periods?

Your IRP5 has two fields on it that relate to Pay Periods:

  1. Periods in year of assessment
  2. No. of periods worked
  3. Period employed from
  4. Period employed to

A Pay Period describes an amount of time within a year that you were employed by your employer.

This can be an amount in:

  • DAYS - maximum 365, or 365.0000
  • WEEKS -  maximum 52, or 52.000 (can show a partial number, e.g...


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No time to go to SARS

Posted 20 July 2017

I cannot get the time to go to SARS, is there a service that you
offer to get my SARS eFilling account active and then also submitting my IRP5s?

E-filing query and TaxTim

Posted 18 July 2017




I am a provisional taxpayer and would like to make use of TaxTim. However I
am not registered with E-filing. Therefore, must I be registered with SARS
E-filing in order to be able to make use of TaxTim's services? Or can
TaxTim submit tax returns directly on my behalf (note I will pay any added
costs if necessary) to SARS?



Thank you,

Old 2009/2010 efiling returns

Posted 17 July 2017


SARS say they upgraded their system and have now seen i did not file a tax return in 2009,2010 and have fined me for each year. Both years i was under the threshold but they are insisting i file these returns. I do not have the IRP5 anymore and the company no longer exists. They advised that I open the return on efiling and can then submit as it should have all the info, I have done this but there is no earning/medical aid information etc.
How do i resolve this now as both returns are now sitting open on efiling and i am getting fined R250 per month now that i do not resubmit....

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Change of login details

Posted 14 July 2017

I'd like to change my email address as well as my password.

Registration Verification

Posted 14 July 2017

I've received this message each time I make the request: "The tax type cannot be moved because the registration of the holding taxpayer is awaiting registration verification".

View already submitted ITR12 on TaxTim

Posted 10 July 2017

Where can I find my SARS tax return I submitted for 2017 via Tax Tim to go and validate the info I captured?

Tax Clearance Certificate for business

Posted 7 July 2017

How do I obtain a tax clearance certificate for a business that has only been registered but have not received any income?

Medical Aid Expenses for previous tax years

Posted 6 July 2017

I was retrenched April 2014 but continued paying for my medical aid in my
personal capacity. I only claimed for out of pocket medical expenses and
not what I paid in my private capacity. I'm not sure If I could claim for
that and if I can now with 2017 submission claim for 2014 / 2015 medical
expenses.

Which option do I select on eFiling?

Posted 5 July 2017

Which field do I select on eFiling to add income (in dollars) earned from freelancing?

Commission earner and IRP5

Posted 29 June 2017

I'm a commission earner. I joined a company in January and I didn't earn any commission from January to 28 February. My previous IRP5 shows me working at that previous company for 10 months.
Do I need an IRP5 with zero income on it for the 2 months at the new company? Would anything need to be submitted to show that I was employed for the 10 months at the first company and 2 months at the present company = the full 12 Months?
Also, does the new company have to upload anything so that...

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What's awaiting registration verification?

Posted 16 May 2017

What does it mean when I have registered with SARS eFiling and under the organisational tax types I am getting a status that says awaiting registration verification?

Help with past tax returns

Posted 25 April 2017

I've been working for the past 5 years and have never claimed back tax. I have all my IRP5 certificates since I started working. I have no travel allowance, I usually pay for everything with my own finances. I'm registered for tax with SARS, but I'm not sure if I'm registered on SARS eFiling.

Registering for provisional tax for start-up?

Posted 24 April 2017

Does a start-up company (dormant pty company) with zero income for first 2 years, have to register for provisional tax?
The director does earn a normal salary from employer, but created company name to work on part time. The director is busy with research before there will be any taxable income. The director created the company name to reserve the name before it is taken. ( the company also needs tax number) Do not want to go through the admin for provisional tax before it is needed. Only ...

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How to make changes after submissions?

Posted 13 April 2017

I submitted my 2016 tax return using my actual cost on my travel expenses. How can I have it changed to fixed cost as my business travel was about 16000km whilst my actual cost was only R399.00? My tax return was audited by SARS and I've disputed on these grounds several times as well as gone to SARS twice. I've been told that it's possible to have this changed and the consultant at SARS has requested it be done on their system but no change so far. The latest statement still reflects only R217,...

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International special stopper

Posted 13 April 2017

I live in Australia and work for a South African Company I did submit my tax return on time, but I'm still waiting for my refund. They told me that I should visit the nearest SARS branch as there is a special stopper on my account, but there's no SARS branches in Australia - do you know of an alternative solution?

Earning between R20 000 and R1 Million on Forex Trading every week

Posted 13 April 2017

I'd like to find out if I pay myself R20 000 to R1 Million every week, do I have to register as a taxpayer or do I use the existing tax number that I use as an employee in another company?

Tax clearance certificate for a non-resident

Posted 5 April 2017

A non South African citizen brought money into South Africa, bought a house and sold it recently. She needs a tax clearance certificate. How does she get it as she has no tax number?

Can register for tax without an ID?

Posted 4 April 2017

I want to register for a tax and it's urgent. I lost my ID and my driver's license too.

Company Taxes (Income, PAYE, VAT etc) Registration

Posted 3 April 2017

Please advise if you're able to assist with registering our company for all relevant taxes and what the cost will be?

SARS Refund and sequestration

Posted 2 April 2017

Why do I need to disclose my income tax number in my sequestration court application? Does this mean that I will not get any SARS refunds due to me whilst under sequestration?

Provisional Tax Submission

Posted 31 March 2017

I freelanced for the 2016 tax year. I just applied to be a provisional taxpayer on SARS eFiling. Do I need to fill out an IRP3(pa)? And when is my first provisional tax payment due?

Mail Received: IT34

Posted 27 March 2017

I received a mail from SARS: "An IT34 notice for the taxpayer listed below has been issued by SARS. Please log into the SARS eFiling system to view the IT34".

I'm not sure what this means.

Application for Tax Suspension

Posted 23 March 2017

How do I make an application for suspension of tax after filing an objection? I MISSED THAT OPPORTUNITY WHEN SUBMITTING MY OBJECTION. Is there any way that I can now submit an application by SARS eFile or email?

Efiling shared access

Posted 22 March 2017

I'd like to add another tax practitioner to get access to my SARS
eFiling. How do I remove TaxTim's access?
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