Last year, we noticed that many taxpayers filed their tax returns before the tax season officially began (i.e July). However, doing so caused delays and problems with their tax refunds.
There are only three specific instances where you can file your tax return (ITR12) directly on eFiling before tax season starts:
If you are not insolvent, emigrating or filing a tax return for a deceased estate, we suggest that you DO NOT file your tax return before tax season officially opens (this year it opens on 7 July 2023 at 8pm) as SARS may take any of the following steps:
This is the box you should see on eFiling if you try to request your tax return before tax season opens:
If you requested the tax return by accident, you can click on "Cancel" and this will remove the tax return from your eFiling profile.
Another reason not to submit early is due to the auto-assessment process. From 1 July to 7 July, SARS will be sending notifications for auto-assessments. If you submit your tax return before 7 July, it may confuse the auto-assessment process and lead to delays in resolving your tax return with SARS.
Important: You can submit your 2023 tax return on TaxTim prior to 7 July. We will store it in our filing queue, so it's ready for submission to SARS when the tax season officially opens.