Source / Originally published at: Official SARS website
- 21 February 2018 – Budget 2018 changes
Limited relief for the effect of inflation in adjusting Personal Income Tax rates.
What is it?
- Remuneration (income from employment), such as, salaries, wages, bonuses, overtime pay, taxable (fringe) benefits, allowances and certain lump sum benefits
- Profits or losses from a business or trade
- Income or profits arising from an individual being a beneficiary of a trust
- Director’s fees
- Investment income, such as interest and foreign dividends
- Rental income or losses
- Income from royalties
- Pension income
- Certain capital gains
Who is it for?
- R78 150 if you are younger than 65 years.
- If you are 65 years of age or older, the tax threshold (i.e. the amount above which income tax becomes payable) increases to R121 000.
- For taxpayers aged 75 years and older, this threshold is R135 300.
- R75 750 if you are younger than 65 years.
- If you are 65 years of age or older, the tax threshold (i.e. the amount above which income tax becomes payable) increases to R117 300.
- For taxpayers aged 75 years and older, this threshold is R131 150.
- R75 000 if you are younger than 65 years.
- If you are 65 years of age or older, the tax threshold (i.e. the amount above which income tax becomes payable) increases to R116 150.
- For taxpayers aged 75 years and older, this threshold is R129 850.
- R73 650 if you are younger than 65 years.
- If you are 65 years of age or older, the tax threshold (i.e. the amount above which income tax becomes payable) increases to R114 800.
- For taxpayers aged 75 years and older, this threshold is R128 500.
- Your total employment income / salary for the year (March 2017 to February 2018) before tax (gross income) was not more than R350 000; and
- You only received employment income / salary for the full year of assessment (March 2017 to February 2018) from one employer; and
- You have no car allowance/company car/ travel allowance or other income (e.g. interest or rental income); and
- You are not claiming tax related deductions/rebates (e.g. medical expenses, retirement annuity contributions other than pension contributions made by your employer, travel).
What steps must I take to ensure compliance?
Step one: You must register for income tax
If you earn a taxable income which is above the tax threshold (see above), you must register as a taxpayer with SARS.If you are not yet registered you would only be required to visit a SARS branch once to verify your identity, address and bank details. All additional tax registration can be performed from eFiling without having to visit a branch again. You can register once for all different tax types using the client information system.
Kindly note that the ‘IT77 registration form for Individuals’ was discontinued and that the only way to register is to visit a SARS branch where the friendly staff will register you on our system.
Important: Make sure you have all the supporting documents (relevant material) needed. We won’t be able to register you unless all the documents are received.
Step two: You must submit a return
When should it be submitted?
- 21 September 2018 – At a SARS branch (provisional and non-provisional)
- 31 October 2018 – eFiling (non-provisional)
- 31 January 2019 – Provisional taxpayers via eFiling
If you don’t submit your income tax return on time, you may be liable for penalties.
How should it be submitted?
Online: The easiest and quickest way to file a tax return is online, by making use of SARS eFiling. You must, however, first register for eFiling on the SARS eFiling website. We have a page where we explain to you in detail how to register for eFiling. Once registered, you can complete the online form to create your return. Note that you will start by completing the first page of the form which contains several questions regarding the nature of your tax affairs (referred to as a return “wizard”). Completion of this part will automatically tailor the tax return to your specific tax requirements. Once you have registered for eFiling, you can also file your return by making use of your cellular phone in linking with our Smartphone App. Alternately, you can download our eFiling App, after which you will be able to file your individual Income Tax Returns quickly and easily via your iPhone 4 or 4s, iPad, Android phone and Android tablet.
In a branch: The tax return can also be requested by visiting any SARS branch office. To find your nearest branch visit our branch locator. (Please note that there may be delays and queues during filing season, which is why SARS promotes the use of eFiling as a medium for return submission.)
Top Tip: When completing your return, you will require the following documentation in order to verify the existing, pre-populated information that appears in the return, as well as to complete any remaining portions:
- IRP5: This is the employees’ tax certificate your employer issues to you.
- Certificates you received for local interest income earned.
- Any other documentation relating to income received or accrued, such as remuneration that has not been reported to SARS by your employer, or business or investment income, etc.
- Details of medical expenses paid and medical scheme contributions made.
- The relevant certificates reflecting your retirement annuity fund contributions made.
- A logbook and other documents in support of business travel expenses (if the travel allowance is part of your remuneration or if you have the right of use of a company car taxable benefit).
- Any other documentation relating to the allowable deductions you wish to claim.