I recently submitted my tax return and have a refund due to me. I emailed SARS and asked how come I have received my refund and they say that I have not submitted my 2011 tax return. I only worked for 4 months in that tax year and earned way below the threshold. Also in previous years they have refunded me without asking me to submit the 2011 tax return. What I would like to know and am afraid of is, if I submit the 2011 tax return now will I not incur penalties and interest?
Unfortunately, you will need to bring 2011 up to date before you receive the current year's refund. The late filing penalty is not set in stone and if you earned below the threshold and were therefore not required to submit a Tax Return for this year, it would be unfair for SARS to grant a penalty and therefore it is unlikely this will be the case.
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