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What does a negative tax refund amount mean?



Q: What does a negative tax refund amount means

Eza says:
1 April 2022 at 22:38

Negative tax refund, e. G. -R11 000, do I owe SARS or is it money due to me?

TaxTim TaxTim says:
1 April 2022 at 9:44

  A: The minus sign means that according to their records you owe a negative amount i.e. SARS owes you a refund. Normally, if you’re owed a refund, this will be electronically processed and usually reflects in your bank account within 2 – 3 days of the ITA34, assessment being issued. There are instances when your refund isn’t released immediately. If you’re expecting a refund and it doesn’t show in your bank account more than a week after receiving your ITA34, then you may want to look into one of the following reasons as a possibility for the delay.
  • Audit/ Verification
  • Banking Details
  • Outstanding Returns
  • Unpaid Balances
Please see our blog for more details here https://www.taxtim.com/za/blog/when-will-i-get-my-refund-from-sars Follow these steps and you'll be able to view a summary of any tax amounts owing or refunded to you.
  • Click on the returns tab in the menu of eFiling;
  • Click SARS correspondence.
  • Click Request Historic IT notices.
  • Click Statement of account; and
  • Select your date range.


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