How To Submit Your PAYE Return Online in South Africa

By | April 25, 2023

As a business owner, submitting your PAYE returns is an essential part of your tax obligations. Failure to do so can result in hefty fines and penalties from the South African Revenue Service (SARS). 

The good news is that you can submit your PAYE returns online, which is not only convenient but also saves time and effort.

This article will guide you through the process of submitting your PAYE returns online.

What is PAYE?

Before we dive into the details of how to submit your PAYE return online, let’s first understand what PAYE is. 

PAYE stands for Pay As You Earn and is a tax deduction system used in South Africa to collect taxes from employees’ salaries. 

It is the responsibility of the employer to deduct PAYE from employees’ salaries and submit it to SARS.

Requirements for Submitting PAYE Returns Online

To submit your PAYE return online, you will need the following:

  • A valid SARS eFiling profile
  • Internet access
  • PAYE reference number
  • Employee tax certificates (IRP5/IT3(a))

How to Submit PAYE returns online

Now that you have everything you need, let us get started on submitting your PAYE returns online. Here is an elaborate guide to help you through the process:

  • Log in to your SARS eFiling profile

Go to the SARS eFiling website ( and log in to your profile using your username and password. If you don’t have a profile yet, you can register for one by following the prompts on the website.

  • Select the PAYE option

Once you are logged in, select the ‘Returns’ option from the menu and choose ‘Employer Monthly Declarations (PAYE)’ from the drop-down menu.

  • Complete the PAYE return

You will be directed to the PAYE return page, where you will be required to complete the return by filling in all the necessary fields. This includes details such as your company’s name, PAYE reference number, and the total amount of PAYE deducted from your employees’ salaries.

  • ¬†Submit the PAYE return

Once you have completed the PAYE return, double-check all the information to ensure its accuracy. After that, click the ‘Submit’ button to submit the return to SARS.

  • Make payment (if applicable)

If you owe any PAYE to SARS, you will be prompted to make the payment online. You can do this using the SARS eFiling system or any other payment method that is convenient for you.

Tips for Submitting your PAYE Returns Online

  • Ensure that all the information you provide is accurate and up-to-date.
  • Submit your PAYE returns on time to avoid penalties and fines.
  • Keep track of your PAYE reference number as you will need it every time you submit your PAYE returns.
  • Save a copy of the confirmation page after submitting your PAYE return as proof of submission.

Submitting your PAYE returns online is a quick and easy way to meet your tax obligations as a business owner in South Africa. 

By following the steps outlined in this article, you can submit your PAYE returns hassle-free and avoid any penalties or fines.

Remember, accuracy and timeliness are key to ensuring a smooth submission process.

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