Consumer help: tax

Help with tax-related problems or complaints, as well as a range of online resources to help you submit your returns and make payments to the Receiver.

Infographic: Budget 2017 in numbers

A new tax bracket for the super rich, a sugar tax and an increase in the tax threshold for lower income earners: Pravin Gordhan's...

Nene walks a tightrope

The budget will be a balancing act. Reining in spending and raising taxes will usher in a few years of pain – not very heavy pain, but unavoidable pain – and the finance minister will need to find a way to spread it among as many groups as possible without causing anger or resentment.

SA’s employment tax incentives boost jobs

Nearly 300 000 young South Africans have landed jobs since the Employment Tax Incentive Act came into force. The National Treasury says the initial take up of the incentive has been "higher than expected". It will be up for review in 2016, when its longer-term impact will be assessed.

Tax season off to a flying start

The South African Revenue Service received more than 50 000 returns in less than 12 hours as the 2014 tax season got under way on Tuesday. Sars will deploy 14 000 officials and nine mobile units, and set up temporary service points countrywide, to make it easier for people to submit their returns.

Tax incentive aims to boost R&D innovation

Companies undertaking scientific research and development in South Africa are eligible for a 150% tax deduction on R&D expenditure, the Department of Science and Technology announced on Thursday. The incentive is available to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors as long as they are registered in South Africa.

Tax ombud will serve SA’s taxpayers

The new tax ombud will act as a "simple remedy" for taxpayers who have legitimate complaints about administrative matters, poor service or the failure by the South African Revenue Service to observe their rights as taxpayers, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said at the office's launch on Monday.

South African tax revenue ‘buoyant’

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan praised South Africa's resilience in the face of global economic turmoil on Tuesday as he announced that the SA Revenue Service had collected R899.7-billion in taxes for 2013/14, R0.7-billion more than the revised estimate of R895-billion.

Filing your tax returns

The SA Revenue Service is urging South Africans earning over R60 000 a year to submit their income tax returns before July 11 - and has simplified the process by issuing a new, user-friendly form.