With the 2016 tax season approaching its end, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has received over R4 million tax returns.
SARS said it has already received 4, 166, 243 individual income tax returns. That includes a 1, 217, 428 returns received for the previous years of assessment.
The revenue establishment disclosed that over 1.4 million returns were submitted via eFiling and over 1.5 million returns submitted electronically at a SARS branch.
SARS cautioned taxpayers about fraud and phishing scams striving to gain access to banking details.
“SARS will never ask for personal, tax banking or eFiling details (passwords, login information, etc) via phone or email. Taxpayers will also never be asked to log into the eFiling website from a link in an email.
“SARS has tightened its controls on the tax return process in light of the challenges encountered towards possible tax fraud. Also, this is to prevent incorrect refund payouts.
“Taxpayers are urged to take ownership of their tax affairs even if they are making use of a registered tax practitioner or intermediary. This includes protecting their personal details and the credentials used on electronic devices.
“Taxpayers are also urged to always authenticate communication from SARS with the contact center or at their nearest branch,” SARS stated.
Also, SARS encouraged taxpayers to submit their tax returns via eFiling saying it helps avoid standing in long queues at SARS branches.
“…Most importantly, eFiling is quick, easy and can be done from anywhere as long as you have secure internet access.
“Those taxpayers who need guidance when filing their returns via eFiling can use Help-You-eFile, an online service which connects taxpayers to a SARS agent telephonically in order to navigate eFiling together, every step of the way,” added the revenue service.
Above all, SARS charged those who are yet to submit their returns to do so immediately.