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The 2017 Filing season has started. 1 July 2017 officially kicked it off for Efiling clients with manual filers joining the party on 3 July 2017. Despite the loathing many taxpayers have for SARS, many of them look forward to this time of year as they often get a little back from the fiscus.

So, what are the official dates for the 2017 Tax Season?

Channel ​Deadline Type of Taxpayer​​
Manual – post or at SARS branch drop boxes​ ​22 September 2017 ​Non-provisional and provisional
eFiling or electronic filing at SARS branch ​ ​24 November 2017 ​Non-provisional
eFiling​ ​31 January 2018 ​Provisional

What information is required to complete your 2017 return?

For those people who confuse the calendar and financial year, please make sure that the Income Tax Return information you are working with is for the tax year 1 March 2016 to 28 February 2017.

  • Salary, Pension & Annuities:     IRP 5 certificates or IT 3(a) certificates
  • Interest received or accrued (local and/or foreign):           IT3(b) certificates
  • Travel Logbook:            Please note that from 2010 you may not claim your mileage if you did not keep a logbook.
  • Other South African income:      Rental income, business/freelance income (if IRP5 or IT3 (a) not issued by employer) etc. If married in community of property, the rental- and investment income of your spouse must also be provided, as well as the foreign taxes (if any) paid by your spouse. If the source of this income was as a result of an inheritance specifically excluded from the joint estate, you do not have to provide this information in respect of your spouse.
  • Dividends:        Details of local dividends (even though it is tax-free) and foreign dividends received or accrued.
  • Lump sums:    Certificates reflecting lump sums received as a result of retirement from a pension fund and/or retirement annuity fund.
  • Capital Gains Tax (“CGT”):      CGT became effective from 1 October 2001 and you are requested to provide the market value as at 1 October 2001, as well as selling price and date of sale of any item that qualifies for CGT, e.g. property which is not your primary residence, shares, bonds, Kruger Rands etc.
  • Expenses incurred in the production of income:     Proof of all expenses incurred in the production of commission-, rental-, business-, and/or freelance income.
  • Medical expenses:     Proof of medical subscriptions (if any) and expenses not recovered from a medical aid. (Note that non-prescribed medicine does not qualify). Proof of all expenses incurred as a result of permanent physical or mental disability, which could not be claimed from a medical aid.
  • Home office:    Expenses in respect of an office at home may be claimed, unless a business is run from home.
  • Contributions to Retirement Annuity Funds (“RAFs”):       Certificates reflecting contributions to RAFs.
  • Donations:     Certificates/receipts reflecting donations (if any), these certificates must be issued in terms of section 18A of the Income Tax Act No. 58 of 1962.
  • Retired individuals:    If you retired during the tax year, please provide Forms A and D which can be obtained from your employer/pension fund.
  • Bank details:   Details of your bank account, i.e. name of institution, branch code, account number and type of account

At Phezulu we do more than just assist clients prepare for tax season, we are your “one stop SME shop”, assisting with everything from Accounting, Business Management, BEE, Consulting, Company Registration to Payroll and Mentoring.

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