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Tax refund/rebate dating back to about 7 years

Posted 13 January 2013 under Tax Questions



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I have heard so many great things about you, I hope you can assist me too. Until today, I was not aware that one can actually contact SARS directly to enquire about a possible refund. I have always been under the impression that they would contact or notify the taxpayer and then mystified when they actually did not.

My tax documents are always submitted automatically by my employer. I finally dragged myself to the nearest SARS office and registered as a tax payer in 2010. Now, my question is this: Does SARS refund even though the taxpayer had previously not registered as a taxpayer? I have been paying tax (I know I will probably have to prove this) since 2005 but only registered 5 years later.

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
13 January 2013 at 18:31

If you are entitled to a refund for prior tax years and your employer was paying over tax for the years you weren't registered you can go back and submit those returns. You may not always be entitled to a refund it would depend on the circumstances of each year, but you will definitely be able to submit.


Lusanda says:
13 January 2013 at 22:11

Thank you very much for the prompt response. I have already put together some of the documentation and will pay SARS a visit tomorrow - I reckon the sooner, the better.

Once again, thank you.


TaxTimTaxTim says:
14 January 2013 at 9:20

Only pleasure! It would be best that you go as soon as possible to sort this out to avoid any penalties and interest accruing. Let me know if you have any further questions.


Lusanda says:
26 January 2013 at 21:42

Hi Tim

I was finally able to find time to pay the revenue services offices a visit yesterday and submitted those outstanding IRP5's. I also managed to "clear" my so-called fine of 200 odd rands. Apparently, I had only mentioned myself as a member on my medical aid tax form. I explained to the consultant that it was a misunderstanding on my part - I was the only one using the medical aid; my daughter was not. Hence, noting one person on the form. I thought that that's what counts; calculating the "usage" as opposed to non usage. I found out that calculations are based on the actual monthly contributions, not the amount utilized.

Well, now I know better. And will be receiving my refund within 21 days. *all smiles*

Thank you for your blog and being ever so willing to respond to our questions.

May God continue to bless you so that you can keep up the sterling work you do.

Once again, thank you!


TaxTimTaxTim says:
28 January 2013 at 11:46

Thank you very much for the kind words and blessings! I am very happy everything worked out and you will be receiving a refund! That is great news!


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