Need assistance to reactivate your income tax number?
Having trouble doing this by reason of being out of the country?
If you have answered yes, contact us to see how we are able to assist.
With the advent of the global economy, many people have immigrated in the past while leaving their retirement funds in South Africa. (Probably due to the taxes payable upon early withdrawal)
Once these individuals attain a retirement age, pass away or decide to immigrate, a request to withdraw these funds are made. In most cases, individuals would have deactivated their income tax number which causes complications withdrawing these retirement funds as the fund needs to obtain permission from SARS (in the form of a directive) which could not be executed on an inactive number. As such, the old number needs to be reactivated and a personal visit to SARS is required.
Once a person or a deceased person’s family members are aboard, it would not be practical to travel all the way to South Africa to present the documents at a local SARS branch and wait for the activation which could take up to 21 working days. (Or fly back and forth) Under this situation, it would be more practical to appoint a tax practitioner as a representative to fulfil this function.
We have helped many foreign individuals with this process and welcome any new business of this nature.
It must be noted that this service is only available to individuals that are not in SA, are incarcerated or are so ill that normal daily activities are impossible, and this could be verified by a letter from a physician.
The following documents would be required to assist in reactivating an income tax number with SARS:
- A power of attorney (CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD)
- A clear copy of the individual’s passport / ID recently certified with the words “true copy” by a commissioner of oath.
- A proof of address – This must also be recent and may of course be a foreign proof of address. The proof has to come in the post.
- Proof of bank account – This may also be a foreign bank account and must be recent. A one month bank statement should suffice. Must be directly from the bank.
Please note that all documents have to be within a 3 month timeframe.
Contact us by e-mail, WhatsApp or by completing our enquiry form and find out how we are able to help you.