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I have received a SARS admin penalty - what do I do now?

SARS have recently become a lot stricter about levying administrative penalties. These are penalties for missing the deadline to submit your tax return. You can read about these recent changes in the law here.

If you have outstanding/un-filed tax returns from prior years, chances are high that SARS will have slapped on administrative penalties.

You may have recently received an email or SMS from SARS informing you of these recurring administrative penalties.  We strongly suggest you check these out and rectify the situation ASAP.  

Request a Penalty Statement of Account 

1. Log into your SARS eFiling profile.

2. Click on the "SARS Correspondence" tab.

3. Then click on "Request Admin Penalty SOA".

4. Select the tax year e.g., 2025 and click continue. 

5. On the next screen click "Submit".

6. Then click on "Click here to view your Statement of Account" to see the penalties that have been levied by SARS. 

Submit the outstanding tax return ASAP

SARS will continue to impose monthly administrative penalties until you submit the outstanding tax return. These add up pretty quickly, so it's best to submit the return urgently!

Pay the Penalty 

Guilty as charged? We suggest you pay the penalty to avoid interest accruing. You can find the payment details on the Penalty Statement of Account. Make sure you use the correct payment reference number so that SARS can allocate it accordingly. 

How to Dispute the Penalty 

Click here for step-by-step instructions to dispute your administrative penalty.








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