Tax Returns

South African Expats Alert: SARS Flags Unfiled Tax Returns

  • SARS Initiative: South African Revenue Service (SARS) has initiated a process of flagging unsubmitted tax returns of expatriates living abroad based on third-party information obtained through international agreements.
  • Tax Residence Assessment: SARS evaluates tax returns considering an individual’s tax residence status in their system, even if the person hasn’t formally ceased their tax residency. Expats need to review their SARS profiles, meet residence criteria, and cease tax residency to comply with regulations accurately.
  • Crucial Compliance Measures: Even after becoming non-residents, expatriates are advised to continue filing nil returns to maintain a clean record with SARS. Seeking professional assistance, evaluating residence status, and ensuring accurate filing are vital steps to prevent potential tax liabilities and penalties.

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