Are you expecting a tax return, or are you simply not sure whether you owe taxes or not? If so, it is essential to stay updated on your tax status. This can help you avoid legal problems as well as make you a few bucks in the process. Checking your tax status in South Africa has never been easier. This is all thanks to improved communication methods available to us today. Read on for some easy ways to check your tax status.

SARS Contact Centre 0800 00 7277

Did you know that you can check your tax status and that of potential employees or investment partners? Every legally employed South African has a SARS number. If you wish to check where you stand on your taxes, you can contact the SARS contact center with your SARS number in hand. You will also need to have your tax reference ready. 

Once you go through, the SARS authorities will conduct an authentication process before handing out any information. Due to the sensitive nature of the inquiry, they may ask personal questions. Once the authentication is complete, they will request it on your behalf, and you will receive the results in your email within 48 hours. This is one of the best methods to verify tax compliance if you want to avoid waiting in winding queues. Apart from that, you can also do it from anywhere around the world. 

Check Your Tax Status Via e-Filing  

Another easy way to check your status is to log in to your e-filing account. If this is being done within an organization, a few authorized personnel will do e-Filing checks. Once logged in, you will be requested to complete a tax compliance verification service. To do this, the e-filling administrator will need to enter the taxpayer’s reference and PIN. The results will be displayed in a color-coded fashion to indicate whether the taxpayer is compliant or not. 

Red represents non-compliant, while green indicates that the taxes are in order. With this service, it is possible for a third party to verify tax compliance. This is useful in case of potential investments and/or employment. For a third party to check your tax status online, they will need your reference number and pin. 

Visit a SARS Branch

At least one SARS branch is available in all major cities in South Africa. For all inquiries, you may visit any of these branches. SARS branches are open weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm. Although this isn’t the most convenient method of getting your tax information, it is a sure way of exhausting your inquiries. Although the queues may be a setback, it is also easier to put in your compliance requests with human contact. 

The process of verifying your tax status is not too difficult. However, we understand that you can be too busy at times and you might not want to deal with queues and the online processes. That is why we are here to help. The Books Consulting can help you check your tax compliance. All you need to do is get in touch and submit your request. 

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