E-filing is an electronic tax filing system that is widely used in South Africa by taxpayers to submit their tax returns online. The South African Revenue Service (SARS) introduced e-filing in 2006 to simplify the tax filing process and improve tax compliance. With e-filing, taxpayers can submit their tax returns, make payments, and track their tax refunds online. The system is available 24/7, which means taxpayers can file their returns at their own convenience. E-filing has significantly reduced the processing time for tax returns and has also improved accuracy by eliminating manual errors.
To use e-filing, taxpayers need to register on the SARS e-filing website and create an account. They will then receive a Taxpayer Reference Number (TRN) and a login password, which they will use to access their e-filing account. Once logged in, taxpayers can submit their tax returns and make payments through various payment methods such as credit card, EFT, and debit order. They can also view their tax account history, access their tax certificates, and submit supporting documents electronically. The system has made it easier for taxpayers to comply with tax laws and regulations, and it has also improved the efficiency of the tax administration system in South Africa.