Manual payroll return submissions to SARS no longer accepted

From 25th August 2014, SARS will no longer accept any manual payroll return submissions – these include:

  • Monthly employer declaration (EMP201 returns)
  • Employer reconciliation declaration (EMP501)
  • Employee tax certificates (IRP5/IT3(a))
  • Tax certificate cancellation declaration (EMP601)
  • Reconciliation declaration adjustment (EMP701)

Employers are advised to utilise either SARS’ free software Easyfile – Employers or the SARS on-line option under SARS e-filing itself (only in cases where less than 20 employees).

However, an exception is made for employers with a maximum of 5 employees IRP5/IT3(a) – in this case, the employer can still go into a SARS branch office where an agent can assist with the manual capture of these documents/returns and the EMP501.

If the Easyfile – Employer software is used, the employer has the option to submit the data directly to SARS via E-filing method or via manual submission of a CD or DVD disc (containing the already prepared data).

Please note that regular back-up of the SARS Easyfile is advised, especially prior to updating of a new version to ensure data does not corrupt as data needs to be retained for 5 years.

Our outsourced payroll services ensure that we work with you to maximise your tax and payroll efficiencies and ensure that all your compliance requirements have been met! We can assist with all your UIF, Workmen’s Compensation and SARS payroll nightmares to save you both time and money. 

Please contact our offices on 021 683 4834, should you require any assistance in this regard.

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