How To Register For A Tax Number

Monday, 8 February, 2021 - 11:36
Terrique Faro

A step-by-step guide to get a tax number and register for tax in South Africa.

​How Do I Register For A Tax Number

There are two ways to register for tax and receieve a tax number.

You can either:

  1. Register through your employer via SARS eFiling
    • SARS eFiling offers the SARS registration function which allows employers to submit employee income tax registrations to SARS. 
  2. Register at your nearest SARS Branch
    • Visit your nearest SARS Branch to register for Personal Income Tax. Make sure you take along the necessary supporting documents mentioned below:
      • The following supporting documents are required
        • Proof of Identity
          • Certified or uncertified copies of a valid identity document, driving licence, passport, temporary identity document, asylum seekers certificate or permit together with the original identification (Identity document includes the green barcoded book and the smart ID card 
        • Proof of Address
          • ​​​​The document must clearly show the taxpayers name (either initials and surname or first names(s) and surname) and the physical address.

You can call the SARS Contact Centre on 0800 00 7277 or visit the SARS website here to find out more information. 

Top Tip from SARS: SARS won't provide your tax number to another person, unless the person is your tax practitioner or has Power of Attorney (POA) to conduct your tax affairs.


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