Increase in South African Tax Filing Threshold to R500,000

Increase in South African Tax Filing Threshold to R500,000


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On Tuesday, 4 June, the SARS Commissioner announced that SARS has increased the tax return threshold from R350,000 per annum to R500,000 per annum.

This means that only people whose total employment income before tax is more than R500,000 per year will need to file their tax returns.

However, this is not the only test and individuals will not need to submit a tax return if all of the following criteria are met:

  • Your total employment income for the year before tax is not more than R500 000;
  • You only receive employment income from ONE EMPLOYER for the full tax year.
  • You have no other form of income, e.g. car allowance, business income, and rental income, taxable interest or income from another job.
  • You don’t have any additional allowable tax-related deductions to claim, e.g. medical expenses, retirement annuity contributions and travel expenses.

If these criteria are not met then you will need to file a tax return.

Taxpayers who file their income tax returns at a SARS branch can do so from 1 August 2019.

Taxpayers who are registered for eFiling or have access to the MobiApp can file their income tax returns from 1 July 2019.

The closing dates for Tax Season are as follows:

  • 31 October 2019 for branch filing.
  • 4 December 2019 for non-provisional taxpayers who use eFiling and the MobiApp.
  • 31 January 2020 for provisional taxpayers who use eFiling.