Yes, yes, I have been putting it off for quite some time now, but with the deadline now looming before us rather large and in charge, last weekend I made the effort to dig out the folders with all the medical expense till slips for the 2011 tax period, sorted it all out and came up with some reasonably big numbers for both Chantelle and myself.

Now normally my medical expenses outside of medical aid contributions are fairly minimal thanks to the fact that I hardly ever bother to get medicine or go to a doctor when I’m sick, but this time around I had in fact spent a fair bit on Chantelle’s successful Lasik surgery – which needless to say promised a nice little tax refund for me.

As is the norm these days, filing via SARS’ wonderful efiling interface is both quick and easy (even more so because I’m a simple guy, single paycheck, no investments or expenses to claim back on other than medical), and after rectifying my first submission in which I had forgotten to note down my medical aid contributions, the system happily reported to me that all was well and I could now pack up and go to bed. Two days later and R6,500 was neatly deposited into my count.


Anyway, that just leaves Chantelle to still do hers, which I’m making a point of reminding her about pretty much each and every day.

I’m pretty sure she wants to punch me at the moment.