SARS to Clamp Down on Outstanding Tax Returns and Debt

Oct 9, 2017 | Taxation Blog

“Pretoria, Thursday, 28 September 2017 – SARS reminds all taxpayers that in accordance with the Tax Administration Act No. 28 of 2011 (TAA) and specifically Section 234 (d), it is a criminal offence not to submit a tax return for any of the tax types they are registered. The tax types are:

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

Although SARS’ philosophy is that of education, service, thereafter enforcement, we 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 now 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

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 at their nearest SARS Branch or via SARS eFiling at”

Please contact us, should you require MD’s assistance in this regard.

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