A few years ago when SARS first introduced e-filing, some clever wag circulated a mock-up of a supposedly-simpler income tax return. Dubbed the EZ-2-DO form, it comprised two lines in addition to one's name and tax reference number. The first line was a question which read, "How much did you earn during this tax year?", while the second line simply read, "Send it to us".
Every year at around this time, with great fanfare, SARS launches Tax Filing Season. This is the time of year when radio speakers and television screens are filled with messages imploring taxpayers to "make South Africa great" by completing and submitting their tax returns.
Many people do not complete their returns themselves, rather using a tax practitioner to complete the return on their behalf. For many years, the return has made provision for the tax practitioner to furnish their details, so that SARS can contact the practitioner directly should there be any query relating to the return.