SARS eFiling Update: New Rules to Streamline Bulk Payments and Penalties

Sars eFiling
  1. SARS has implemented updates to the eFiling platform, affecting bulk and additional payments, to streamline the process and reduce errors.
  2. Payment Reference Numbers (PRN) with incorrect zeroes (0) or just a nine (9) in the ITPEN field will now be rejected.
  3. A new rule for Admin Penalty (ITPEN) has been added to the eFiling guide to provide taxpayers with clearer instructions.

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has announced significant updates to its eFiling platform, specifically impacting bulk and additional payments. These changes have been implemented to streamline the process and ensure greater accuracy in tax administration.

As of today, the Payment Reference Number (PRN) associated with administrative penalties for bulk payments will be rejected if processed incorrectly. This alteration is aimed at reducing errors and improving overall efficiency for both taxpayers and SARS alike.

Previously, the PRN for administrative penalties could be processed with zeroes (0) or just a nine (9) in the ITPEN (Income Tax Penalty) field. However, SARS has now introduced new guidelines to prevent misuse of these figures. Under the revised regulations, a PRN containing zeroes (0) or just a nine (9) in the ITPEN field will be rejected. This is because zeroes (0) can only be used for PAYE (Pay As You Earn) and Assessed tax, while the use of just a nine (9) for ITPEN is considered improper.

In addition to the changes concerning the PRN, SARS has also introduced a new rule for Admin Penalty (ITPEN) in the eFiling guide. This update is intended to provide taxpayers with clearer instructions on how to correctly process administrative penalties, thus minimizing errors and delays.

The modifications to the eFiling platform are part of SARS’ ongoing efforts to modernize and enhance its digital tax services. The organization is committed to providing taxpayers with user-friendly, efficient tools to simplify tax compliance and improve overall tax administration in South Africa.

Taxpayers and tax practitioners are advised to familiarize themselves with the updated guidelines in the eFiling guide and ensure compliance with the new rules when processing bulk payments and additional payments. Failure to adhere to these updated regulations may result in rejected payments, causing delays and potential penalties.

SARS continues to strive for improvements in the tax system and encourages taxpayers to provide feedback on their experience with the eFiling platform. By working together, SARS and taxpayers can ensure a more efficient, transparent, and effective tax administration process in South Africa.

For more information on the changes to bulk payments on eFiling or to access the updated eFiling guide, visit the SARS website at

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