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Despite an “overwhelming response” from taxpayers who have filed their personal tax returns this year, the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced that it has extended the filing season deadline.

Non-provisional individual taxpayers now have until 2 December 2021 to submit their personal income tax returns.

In a statement, the tax collector said that its “acutely aware of the systematic issues the organisation has experienced, as well as the impact of load-shedding on taxpayers which made it difficult for taxpayers to file their returns”.

With the new deadline announced, the date for levying of penalties on those taxpayers that haven’t yet filed their return will be extended to January 2022.

News24 reports that taxpayers are encouraged to use the agency’s digital channels, namely eFIling, SARS MobiApp, as well as the SMS service. By sending an SMS to the number 47277, taxpayers can book an appointment at a SARS branch, check if they need to file a return, and access other services.

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