Do I need to submit a return?

People who pay income tax are generally individuals who earn an income e.g. from a salary, commission, fees, etc.
You do not need to submit a return if ALL the criteria below apply to you:

  • Your total employment income / salary for the year (March 2017 to February 2018) before tax (gross income) was not more than R350 000; and
  • You only received employment income / salary for the full year of assessment (March 2017 to February 2018) from one employer; and
  • You have no car allowance/company car/ travel allowance or other income (e.g. interest or rental income); and
  • You are not claiming tax related deductions/rebates (e.g. medical expenses, retirement annuity contributions other than pension contributions made by your employer, travel).
Corporate tax includes tax paid by companies or close corporations, as well as trusts, on their annual income.
Most of the State’s income is derived from Income Tax (personal and corporate tax), although nearly a third of total revenue from national government taxes comes from indirect taxes, primarily Value-Added Tax (VAT). For more information on who pays taxes, click here.
Tax Season 2018 opens on 1 July 2018, stay informed of the latest changes.
To learn more about tax, free tax education workshops are happening at most SARS branches across the country. In addition to the tax workshops, SARS offer mobile services in most provinces to help taxpayers with their tax. Click here for more information about tax workshops and the mobile unit services.