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Sars records increase in tax returns

Sars said more taxpayers are filing their returns in comparison to previous years.

Sars said more taxpayers are filing their returns in comparison to other years.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) on Friday said it had recorded a 20 percent increase in the number of income tax returns filed for the 2012 season.

Sars collected almost 3,7million returns, compared to the same period last year.

The deadline for taxpayers who filed their tax returns manually was on 28 September.

Citizens who use e-filing have until 23 November to submit their returns, while provisional e-filing tax returns need to be submitted by 31 January 2013.

The revenue service urged taxpayers who had still not filed their returns to take advantage of its extended operating hours.

The organisation's spokesperson Adrian Lackay said some of its offices would be open on Saturday.

"Please go to the Sars website to access more information. Our call centre is also opened until 7pm in the evening, and it will be extended to 8pm during the week. We hope to assist more taxpayers."