Gordhan opens 2013 tax season
In 2012, more than 5.5 million tax returns were submitted by the November deadline.
JOHANNESBURG - Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan officially launched the 2013 tax season in Edenvale on Gauteng's East Rand on Monday morning.
The South African Revenue Service (Sars) said more than 11,000 tax returns have already been submitted through their online service, eFiling.
Gordhan said Sars is encouraging taxpayers to avoid long queues by using electronic channels to file returns.
He said the country's revenue target is nearly R900 billion.
"On top of that, we will be borrowing around R170 billion. The more tax we can collect, the less we have to borrow."
In 2012, more than 5.5 million tax returns were submitted by the deadline in November.
Sars is expecting more applications for the 2013 season.
The service also warned taxpayers about fraudsters.
In a media statement given out at the launch, it was pointed out that "Sars will never ask taxpayers for such information [as personal, banking or tax details] in an email."