The South African Revenue Service (SARS) announced earlier this year that the 2017-18 tax filing season is to kick off on July 1 2018, however, their e-filing system is already allowing submission of tax returns. SARS also appears to drive tax compliance home with renewed vigour this year, with a shorter tax season, as well as a couple of enhancements on the new 2017-18 tax return. Here are some important hints for the tax filing season: • IRP5: Check that your employer-issued IRP5 certificate is correctly reflected on the tax return. If you do not have a South African identity number, for example, if you are an expat working in SA, your IRP5 certificate will not be pre-populated and you need to obtain this information from your employer to allow you to manually input this information. • Medical and retirement annuity tax info: SARS has administered a major improvement with regards to the taxpayers’ medical aid and retirement annuity tax information. This information is now pre-popu...

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