Navigate Your Taxes: SARS Reveals 2023 Guidelines for Hassle-Free Returns

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  • Who Needs to Submit a Tax Return?: The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has outlined the entities required to submit income tax returns for the 2023 tax year. This includes natural persons, estates of deceased persons, non-residents earning income within the Republic, and anyone who has received an income tax return form or written request from the Commissioner.
  • Exemptions and Deadlines: The document provides exemptions for certain individuals or estates under specific conditions. It also provides clear deadlines for the submission of income tax returns, which vary depending on the type of entity.
  • Submission Process: SARS has simplified the submission process by making the necessary forms available on their eFiling platform and their website. The move towards digital submission aligns with SARS’ efforts to streamline its processes and make tax compliance easier for taxpayers.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has issued a comprehensive guide outlining the procedures and requirements for submitting income tax returns for the 2023 tax year. The guide, published in a government gazette, provides critical information for individuals, companies, trusts, and estates.

Who Needs to Submit a Tax Return?

According to the gazette, a wide range of entities are required to submit income tax returns. This includes natural persons, estates of deceased persons, non-residents who have earned income from a source within the Republic, and any person who has received an income tax return form or has been requested in writing by the Commissioner to submit a return.

Exemptions from Filing a Tax Return

The document also outlines specific conditions under which certain individuals or estates are exempt from submitting an income tax return. For instance, a natural person or the estate of a deceased person is not required to submit an income tax return if their gross income for the 2023 tax year consists solely of income described in one or more of the specified categories.

Deadlines for Filing Tax Returns

The gazette provides clear deadlines for the submission of income tax returns. For any company, the return must be submitted within 12 months from the date on which its financial year ends. For all other persons, the deadlines vary and are specified in the document.

How to Submit a Tax Return

SARS has made it easy for taxpayers to submit their returns. The forms prescribed by the Commissioner for the submission of income tax returns are available upon request via eFiling at or can be downloaded from the SARS website at

Given the complexity of tax laws and the specific details contained in the gazette, taxpayers are advised to consult with a tax professional or directly with SARS for guidance on how tointerpret and apply this information.

A Move Towards Digital

The gazette further emphasizes the move towards digital, with a strong encouragement for electronic submissions through the SARS eFiling platform. This aligns with SARS’ ongoing efforts to streamline its processes and make tax compliance more manageable for taxpayers.


The release of this gazette underscores SARS’ commitment to providing clear and comprehensive information to taxpayers. By outlining who needs to submit a tax return, the conditions for exemptions, the deadlines for submission, and the process for filing a return, SARS is ensuring that taxpayers have the information they need to comply with their tax obligations.

Taxpayers are reminded to review the guidelines carefully and seek professional advice if needed. As always, the key to a smooth tax season is early preparation and a clear understanding of the requirements.

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