SARS Confirms 2024 Tax Season Dates

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The 2024 tax season is less than one month away. SARS is calling on taxpayers to prepare their information and documents to ensure a smooth tax season. 


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The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced the dates for the 2024 tax filing season, providing important deadlines for different categories of taxpayers.

These dates ensure that South Africans can be tax-compliant by submitting their tax returns before stipulated deadlines. Missing deadlines can lead to penalties and interest charges, which can be costly.

Knowing the dates in advance also allows taxpayers to gather all relevant documents, such as medical aid certificates and retirement annuity fund details, which can help in maximising potential refunds or reducing taxable income.

Tax Season 2024 Dates 

  • Individual taxpayers (non-provisional): 15 July 2024 to 21 October 2024
  • Auto-assessment notices: 1 – 14 July 2024
  • Provisional taxpayers: 15 July 2024 to 20 January 2025
  • Trusts: 16 September 2024 to 20 January 2025

Preparation Guidelines for Taxpayers

SARS has advised taxpayers to ensure they have all necessary documentation ready. This includes IRP5/IT3(a) certificates, medical aid certificates, retirement annuity fund certificates, and any other relevant third-party data.

The tax collection agency said individuals who have forgotten their passwords can visit the eFiling website which offers an online reset option. 

Users can click on "Forgot Password" or "Forgot Username" to recover their credentials. 

Additionally, taxpayers can use the self-help online query system to retrieve their tax reference numbers and submit required supporting documents.

If you have forgotten your password you can reset it online through the eFiling website by clicking on Forgot Password or Forgot Username

SARS has encouraged taxpayers to handle their tax matters using the eFiling website or the SARS Mobile App. They explain that the online systems are designed to streamline the process and reduce the need for phone calls or in-person visits. 

Taxpayers can register their profiles online or through the Mobile App to ensure a smooth filing experience.

SARS further revealed that the process has been simplified for taxpayers needing to make appointments with SARS. Appointments can now be booked online, via SMS, or through the SARS Online Query System (SOQS). 

The SOQS is particularly useful for submitting queries, retrieving tax reference numbers, and submitting supporting material without visiting a SARS branch.

You can send us a query via  the SARS Online Query System (SOQS) if you have forgotten your tax reference number, to submit supporting material and more. The SARS Online Query System (SOQS) assists taxpayers who wish to raise queries with SARS without going into a SARS branch. 

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