How to register for eFiling in South Africa

By | April 22, 2023

eFiling is an online tax service offered by the South African Revenue Service (SARS). It allows taxpayers to file their tax returns, make payments, and manage their tax affairs online.

Taxpayers in South Africa can register for eFiling to submit their tax returns online. It is a convenient way to file your tax returns, and it is available 24/7. 

In this article, we will guide you through the process of registering for eFiling.

Benefits of using eFiling

There are several benefits of using eFiling, including:

  • Convenience: You can file your tax returns from anywhere and at any time, as long as you have an internet connection.
  • Security: eFiling is a secure platform that protects your personal and financial information.
  • Faster processing times: eFiling reduces the time it takes to process tax returns, which means you will receive your tax refund faster.
  • Accuracy: eFiling helps you avoid errors by providing pre-populated forms and calculators that automatically calculate your tax liability.

Requirements for registering for eFiling

To register for eFiling, you will need the following:

  • A valid South African ID number or passport number if you are a foreign national
  • Your personal details, including your name, date of birth, and contact information
  • Your tax reference number, which can be found on your tax return or any SARS correspondence
  • A valid email address

How to register for eFiling

Follow these steps to register for eFiling:

  1. Go to the SARS eFiling website at
  2. Click on the “Register” button on the top right-hand corner of the page.
  3. Enter your personal details, including your ID or passport number, name, and contact information.
  4. Create a username and password for your eFiling account.
  5. Enter your tax reference number.
  6. Verify your email address by clicking on the link sent to your email.
  7. Login to your eFiling account and complete your profile.

Troubleshooting common registration issues

Invalid ID or passport number: Make sure you are entering your ID or passport number correctly. If you are a foreign national, make sure your passport number is valid.

Incorrect personal details: Double-check that you have entered your name, date of birth, and contact information correctly.

Tax reference number not found: Check that you are entering the correct tax reference number. If you still can’t find it, contact SARS for assistance.

Email verification issues: If you do not receive the verification email, check your spam folder. If you still don’t see it, try adding the SARS eFiling email address to your contacts or whitelist.

Browser compatibility issues: Make sure you are using a supported web browser, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. If you are using an older browser, you may need to update it to the latest version.

Technical issues: If you encounter any technical issues or errors, try clearing your browser cache and cookies, or try using a different device or internet connection. If the problem persists, contact SARS for assistance.

By following these troubleshooting tips, you should be able to successfully register for eFiling and start submitting your tax returns online.

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