Either you or your employer would have registered you and you would have been issued with a 10-digit tax reference number from SARS.
You may have an IT150 Notification of registration (see below) that states your reference number.
If you have an IRP5 or payslip from your employer, your tax reference number may appear there.
If you think you *might* have a tax number but aren't sure, rather phone SARS at 0800 00 7277 to check.
If you have not registered then the process is easy:
Please note: Previously SARS allowed taxpayers to download and complete an IT77 tax payer registration form then send it to SARS to register. The process has since changed. Now all taxpayers are required to visit SARS in person with the documents below.
A certified legible copy of your ID, passport or drivers license. Certification of copied documents can be done at your nearest police station (just remember to take the original along too).
Proof of latest address (this can be a rates bill, utilities bill, phone bill etc, must show where you live - anything that shows your name and your address on an official letterhead) Your bank statement is NOT proof of address!
3 months latest banks statements, original and stamped by the bank.
Take all of the above documents to a friendly SARS employee working at the counter. They will register you on the SARS system and should provide you with your new tax number immediately!
You may receive your tax number by post some time after your in-branch registration in the form of an IT150 / Notification of registration (see below). If you would like to call SARS (0800 00 7277) to find out what the current status of your registration is, remember to have your ID number with you for the call.