During the 2022 tax year, many tax returns were rejected by SARS. Most of these tax returns related to issues with auto assessments where taxpayers had missed their 40 day deadline to file, however a number of rejections were also because taxpayers filed their tax returns on eFiling before tax season had officially opened.
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 return for a deceased estate, we suggest that you DO NOT file your tax return before tax season officially opens (usually 1 July each year), as SARS will do the following:
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.
Important: You can submit your 2023 tax return on TaxTim prior to 1 July. We will store it in our filing queue, so it's ready for submission to SARS when the tax season opens.