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Sars won't extend deadline

The South African Revenue Service says it won’t extend the deadline to submit tax returns.

The South African Revenue Service says it won’t extend the deadline to submit tax returns.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Revenue Service (Sars) says it will not extend the deadline to submit tax returns.

Taxpayers had until 4pm on Friday to file their returns manually and until midnight using the online e-filing system.

Since July, about 4,3 million people submitted tax returns.

Sars spokesperson Adrian Lackay says any submissions done now will be considered as late and liable to a penalty.

"The deadline will stand. We won't accept any late submissions. People have heard from 1 July to submit their returns and we are fairly steadfast in the deadline."

Lackay says people who submit returns from today will pay a penalty.

"There's a standard administrative penalty which kicks in with an amount of R250 for a late submission. The scale can go up to R16,000 and that will depend on the compliant status of the taxpayer."