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With modern digital technologies at its disposal, SARS can collect electronic tax data from employers, financial institutions, medical schemes, retirement annuity fund administrators and other 3rd party data providers. As such, it can compile and assess tax submissions with little input from the taxpayer.
SARS announced that, during August, it will assess a large number of taxpayers automatically in this way, reportedly around 3.1 million. They will be notified by SMS and can access the precompiled assessment through eFiling or SARS’ MobiApp. Here, they can review the assessment and click an Accept button to accept the figures, or click an Edit button to amend the information.