Reading Time: 3 minutes

Despite the fact that SARS has upheld their philosophy of education, service, and thereafter enforcement, they have noticed an increase in taxpayers not submitting their tax returns by the stipulated deadlines, and not settling their outstanding debt with SARS. This is not limited to the current tax year but includes substantial non-compliance across previous tax years.

It is for this reason that from October 2017 SARS will intensify criminal proceedings against tax offenders. Failure to submit the return(s) within the said period could result in:

  • Administrative penalties being imposed on a monthly basis per outstanding return.
  • Criminal prosecution resulting in imprisonment or a fine for each day that such default continues.

Types of tax

SARS has reminded all taxpayers that, according to the Tax Administration Act No. 28 of 2011, it is a criminal offence not to submit a tax return for any of the tax types they are registered. These tax types are:

  • Personal Income Tax (PIT)
  • Corporate Income Tax (CIT)
  • Pay as You Earn (PAYE)
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)

It is also important to note that should any return result in a tax debt it must be paid before the relevant due date to avoid any interest for late payment and legal action. To avoid any penalties, interest, prosecutions as well as imprisonment, taxpayers are urged to rectify their compliance by submitting any outstanding returns as soon as possible. Please contact us for assistance.

This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied upon as professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your financial adviser for specific and detailed advice.  Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE)

Related Articles

Trading in Cryptocurrencies? Say Hello to SARS…

Individuals who have invested and are trading in cryptocurrencies are now being audited by SARS (South African Revenue Services) and have been requested to provide more information...

Tax deductions for the work-from-home employee

As we see a shift of more businesses choosing a work from home environment, we see more employees question whether or not they are able to claim tax deductions for working remotely. The...

Earning income from Airbnb? Say Hello to SARS…

If you are earning an income from guests at an Airbnb, or any other rental income from letting property as an owner, then it is your duty to declare such income to SARS (South African...

If you found this information helpful, contact us now for help with your specific needs