A Guide to The SARS Tax Number Format

The SARS Tax Number Format

According to South African tax regulations, when you are registered for tax, you must be issued with a 10 digit tax reference number from the South African Revenue Services (SARS).

To get a SARS tax number you can visit your nearest SARS branch with an IT77application form.

Any person who’s liable of income tax must register as a tax payer with SARS.

Who must register for tax?

  • Individuals who run a business in their name
  • Individuals who earn an annual income of R60 000 or more
  • Individuals who want to become a director of a company
  • Individuals who have had PAYE deducted from their salary

To register for tax at SARS you need to take the following documents

  • Certified copy of your ID or Passport
  • Your bank details
  • Proof of income details for the last three years
  • Proof of residence

Once you have a SARS tax number you must register online as a tax payer by visiting www.sarsefiling.co.za

Provisional tax is estimated on anticipated income paid twice a year.

SITE and PAYE is part of the employer’s tax. It’s deducted monthly, daily or weekly from salaries, wages and bonuses.

There are about 16.8 million registered individual taxpayers in South Africa, but not all are required to submit returns. Fortunately, checking tax compliance has been made much easier.

Your unique 10-digit SARS tax number cannot be given to anybody else, so if you need to get hold of it you can simply call the SARS Contact Centre and speak to a SARS consultant. Make sure that your have your ID number on-hand when you make the call.

Tax tips from SARS

During tax season, you need to submit your income tax return (ITR12) so SARS can reconcile expenses for the year of assessment. This may, in some cases, result in a refund.

Tax season runs from July to November every year.

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