Tax Time Already? My Life 18 JUL 2013

sars efiling taxWow, can’t believe that the tax season has rolled our way already. To be fair though, I did leave last year’s tax return pretty late, so it does kind of make sense that it feels like so little time has passed since the last one!

Anyway, this time I was determined not to procrastinate, and seeing as I now have a nice system of bagging and tagging all medical expenses as they occur throughout the year, I sat down on Saturday evening with my folder of slips, tallied up my expenses (which were quite a bit mind you), and logged on to SARS’ awesome e-filing website (thank you LastPass for remembering all of my username/password combinations!).

Seeing as I have a pretty simple tax return to do (single income, no investments, out of pocket medical expenses), filling in the pre-populated form didn’t take more than a handful of minutes, and in what was a probably just short of an hour of my time, I was done and dusted filing my tax return for the 2012-2013 season.

And as expected, with their super efficient turn around on us smaller fish in the pond, three or four days later I got the SMS telling me that a neat little sum of just over R7,000 had been dropped back into my bank account! (And just in time mind you – I have pregnancy scans coming up on the horizon!)

Again, kudos to SARS and their fantastic e-filing platform. Efficient and so much less hassle than those old paper forms we used to have to manually fill in, duplicates at the ready for each mistake we were bound to make! :)

(And just a reminder if like me you can never remember: a negative amount on SARS’ tax return calculation means they owe you money. A positive amount means you better get ready to dispute!)

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South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.