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Finance: E-Filing and Must Be Used for the 2009 Tax Year


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Employers in the 2009 tax year are required to use the e@syFile PAYE system launched by SA Revenue Services which this year will replace the online eFiling solution that many employers successfully used during the 2008 Employer’s Filing Season for PAYE reconciliations.

“SARS is confident that the e@syFile PAYE system will ensure that the PAYE, SDL and UIF reconciliation processes are efficiently and conveniently completed from desktop computers. Employers will no longer have a choice between eFiling and e@syFile as they did last year,” says Philip Meyer, technology director at Softline Pastel Payroll.“Automated payroll software streamlines the PAYE, SDL and UIF calculations and employee remuneration reconciliation process for companies. Now the e@syFile PAYE system from SARS will ensure an even more streamlined submission process.”Last year in July SARS released the first instalment of the free e@syFile software aimed at allowing users to interact electronically with SARS via eFiling with only minimal internet connectivity.“SARS says the e@syFile PAYE system provides all the functionality and ease of eFiling on a user's desktop without the need to be online. So the need for high-speed Internet access is significantly reduced and at the same time lowers the cost to employers and taxpayers,” adds Meyer. “They are also developing improvements to the e@syFile PAYE system in time for this year's Filing Season for employers.”Two applications of the trademarked e@syFile software have so far been introduced -- e@syFile PAYE for employers and e@syFile TP for tax practitioners. SARS says the suite of free software has proved popular with users and more than 85% of all PAYE submissions to SARS in 2008, including more than 15 million tax certificates, were processed using e@syFile.Meyer says that other changes are proposed for implementation in the 2010 tax year, including an obligation that employers provide biannual rather than annual PAYE reconciliations – one at the end of the first half of the 2010 tax year (August 2009) and the other at the end of the second period of the 2010 tax year (February 2010).“Another significant change that has been proposed is for payroll systems to produce XML files of employees’ tax certificates, rather than CSV files and SARS is currently working with payroll companies regarding the technical requirements of implementing this. A further proposal is that a number of additional fields be added into the CSV file submitted to SARS. These additional fields are likely to be mandatory and will assist SARS in enhancing processing efficiency.”

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