SARS – Latest Tax Stats Looking Good

Generally, we are looking good in international terms -
  • South Africa’s total tax rate is 29% versus a global tax rate of 41%. 

  • South African companies average 7 tax payments per year versus a global average of 26 payments (the rest of Africa average 36 annual payments).

Preliminary statistics from the 2014 tax year (up to November 2014) show that compliance from taxpayers is improving whilst the efficiency of SARS is similarly increasing. Here are some highlights -  
  • 94.49% of eligible taxpayers submitted returns on time – an increase of 10.1% from the 3.7 million submitted in 2013 

  • A total number of 5.32 million returns were received timeously by 21 November 2014

  • 99.91 % of returns were submitted electronically

  • 94.98% of returns were assessed within 3 seconds

  • 98.0% of refunds were paid in 72 hours

  • Over R15.2 billion in tax refunds were paid to 2.1 million taxpayers

  • 1.02 million tax returns from previous years were submitted

  • SARS collected R436 million in outstanding penalties. 
This vindicates the whole eFiling process and effectively means that SARS can quickly assess individual, non-provisional taxpayers and focus on the provisional taxpayers who owe the most tax.
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