The Top Four Mistakes to Avoid with Income Tax Returns
Income tax returns are due once again. Yes, time flies when it comes to paying SARS. Indeed, if you are a provisional taxpayer it may feel as if you are constantly preparing tax returns, submitting them, and paying over money due.
Get professional tax help to avoid penalties related to late submissions and the rather uncomfortable feeling of someone watching you because you are committing one of the deadly income tax return sins discussed below.
- Not Being Honest About Your Bank Account
You cannot hide bank accounts from SARS. Not truthfully declaring your bank accounts can lead to a hefty administrative penalty that can run into the thousands. It is all fine if you have extra cash on hand, but having to pay R16 000 plus for being dishonest, and doing so on short notice, can be challenging. Always declare all your bank accounts.
- Not Declaring Investments
Penalties and more penalties await those who are dishonest with SARS. Not declaring investments on your income tax returns is a mistake you should avoid at all costs. Investment houses declare information about shares, shareholders, and investors to SARS. They certainly are not willing to hide the information to save your pocket. Declare all investments.
- Failing to Submit Income Tax Returns When Due
Remember the penalties mentioned earlier? Now imagine how quickly penalties can become mountains of debt if you fail to submit income tax returns for a few years, not to even mention the cost of medication to help you sleep at night. SARS does not take lightly to people who ignore the law. Submit your income tax returns on time, and do so every tax season. Of course, if you make use of our professional services, we remind you when income tax returns are due, and our team ensures the accurate completion and submission of the returns.
The R350 000 threshold for not having to file a tax return is confusing. Rather than guessing that you do not have to file, make sure. There are only a few circumstances in which you do not have to file a return.
- Making Calculation Errors
The calculations are complex to say the least. Thresholds change, and so do regulations. Indeed, what was relevant last year may not be the case this year. You focus on work and income generation. As such, it is understandable that you do not have the time and resources to study every bit of legislation pertaining to taxes. It is thus easy to make a calculation error. Unfortunately, the error can mean the difference between getting a refund and having to pay extra for the mistake.
What is The Solution?
Make use of our professional assistance in completing and filing your income tax returns. We keep up to date with changes in regulations and thresholds. We also ensure correct calculations and completion of forms according to SARS requirements, as well as compliance with legislative requirements.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal, tax, or financial advice. Call on us for professional legal advice, rather than relying on the information herein to make any decisions. The information is relevant to the date of publishing.