On Monday 21st May, TaxTim conducted a simple survey of taxpayers who make use of the TaxTim services about their opinion on SARS’ proposal to shorten the tax filing season by 3 weeks.
An email was sent out containing the following:
“SARS recently published a Draft Notice of who needs to file a tax return and when tax returns will be due for the 2018 tax season. SARS are planning to move the submission deadline 3 weeks earlier to 31st October 2018 for all non-provisional taxpayers.
SARS has asked that taxpayers and tax practitioners provide their comments on this change.
Do you support the change?”
TaxTim asked taxpayers to answer a with “Yes”, “No” or “It doesn’t bother me”
To date, the results are as follows: Total Responses/Emails Open – 4 070/36 970
Total emails opened: 36 970 Total responses: 4 070 Response rate: 11,01%
TaxTim users are made up of taxpayers from across South Africa representing all income levels.
The following currently appears on the SARS website:
"(What are the deadlines?) The deadline for non-provisional taxpayers has been brought forward to allow more time for finalising audits before the year ends *
Type of taxpayer
Manual - post or at SARS branch drop boxes
21 September 2018
Non-provisional and provisional
eFiling or electronic filing at SARS branch
31 October 2018*
31 January 2019
*The proposed deadline of 31 October is based on the draft notice that was published on 9 May 2018. Public comment period on the draft notice closed on 23 May 2018. The comments received are being considered and a final notice will be issued by no later than 04 June."