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Few hours left for tax returns

Sars is working around the clock to help people with their tax returns to ensure they meet the deadline.

Sars is working around the clock to help people with their tax returns to ensure they meet the deadline.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) on Friday said it has received more than five million tax returns so far.

Taxpayers have until the end of business day to submit their returns, or until midnight to do so electronically, to avoid penalties.

According to Sars, more than 90,000 returns were submitted on Thursday alone.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay said their call centre will be open for assistance until 8pm.

"We believe the penalty system that was introduced in 2010 is having a positive effect to improve compliance."

He said they are expecting a large numbers of calls.

"Late submissions will be eligible to attract penalties. It starts with R250 for a late submission for 2012, but it may increase if you have outstanding returns for previous years."