Here is how you can get a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate in South Africa ASAP and everything else you need to know about Tax Clearance in SA.  

We’re going to do our best to explain Tax in South Africa in general terms. This page is not a substitute for legal advice. It’s designed to give you an overview of Tax in South Africa. Please connect with our Tax Practitioners or with SARS for the T’s & C’s, exemptions and changes to specific Tax regulations.

On this page, we will show you how to get a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate in South Africa as soon as possible. Our Tax Practitioners will also answer some frequently asked questions on Tax Clearance Pin Certificate.

Let’s start with how you can get a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate.

How long does it take to get a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate in South Africa?

24-Hours is the fastest timeframe for a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate in South Africa. You can get a SARS-issued Tax Clearance Pin Certificate within 24 hours by using our Tax Clearance Pin Certificate service.

Our service includes the support of our Tax Practitioners, who collectively have more than 30 years of experience in SARS administration. That’s why we can support you in 24 hours.

If you need any of the Tax Clearance Pin Requirements, our Specialists can you support in getting these required documents too.

You can sign up here or you can ask our Business Specialists any questions you may have.

How can you get a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate in South Africa?

There are three ways you can get a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate. The fastest way is our Tax Clearance Pin Service. You can sign up for this service today and get your Tax Clearance Pin Certificate within 24 hours.


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If you need any of the prerequisite documents (see the requirements below) before you can get your Tax Clearance Pin Certificate you can also make use of any of our alternative services and service combinations with discounted prices.

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The second way you can get a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate is by visiting your local SARS branch or by using SARS’s efiling.

Your third option is using your accountant. Scroll down to see the Tax Practitioners in our team.

You can sign up for our Tax Service below. If you have any questions, you can call our toll-free number.

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Here are our Tax Practitioners who ensure your Tax Clearance Pin Certificate, and any other Tax Administration is processed as soon as possible.

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What is a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate in South Africa and why do you need it?

A Tax Clearance Pin Certificate in South Africa is a document that illustrates your Tax Compliance Status (your TCS). Your TCS simply states whether your complaint with SARS and up-to-date with all your due payments to SARS.

A Tax Clearance Pin Certificate is issued by SARS as proof that a person/business is “in the clear” with them. This means the person/business is 100% compliant with no overdue payments.

A Tax Clearance Pin Certificate is often a prerequisite for Tenders, Contracts, RFQs or Funding applications. It’s also often necessary to join public or private Service Provider Lists.

So essentially making sure you’re in good standing with SARS and having the proof to show it allows you to access many growth opportunities. Not being up-to-date or not having your Tax Clearance Pin Certificate disqualifies you from leveraging any of these opportunities.

Why do you need a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate for Tenders?

Businesses and governmental entities want to ensure that you’re a good partner to work with. Amongst other things, being a good partner means you’re complaint with South African legislation – including tax regulations.

Asking for your SARS Tax Compliance Status is a good way for other organizations see whether you’re a good partner or subcontractor to work with. A Tax Clearance Pin Certificate proves you are compliant, because it’s issued by SARS only if you’re registered at the CIPC, registered for Tax and if all your payments are up-to-date.

That is why it’s often a prerequisite to apply to Tenders, Contracts, RFQs, Financial Opportunities and Service Provider Listings.

What do you need to get a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate in South Africa?

  1. A CIPC-Registered Business

  2. A Tax Registration Number

  3. All your due payments to SARS should be up-to-date

If you still require any of these requirements, don’t worry. Our Specialists can help you with Company Registration, A Tax Registration Number and clearing your SARS debt. If you have any question, you can ask them on our toll-free number.

What are the benefits of a Tax Clearance Pin Certificate in South Africa?

A Tax Clearance Pin Certificate is a document that proves that all your payments are up-to-date with SARS.

A Tax Clearance Pin Certificate enables you to apply for Tenders, Contracts and RFQs because it’s almost always a requirement. It also qualifies you to apply for supplier lists for large and government databases like the Central Supplier Database Application (CSD).

How much is tax applies to small businesses in South Africa?  

Whether or not you register your business, it’s almost always compulsory to pay tax. There are a few exceptions that apply to small businesses and other exceptional cases, but generally, most trading businesses or entrepreneurs in South Africa have to pay tax from the get-go.

Small businesses, who are registered at the CIPC, don’t pay taxes if they earn less than R83 100 in taxable income over the financial year of 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. This threshold is R79 000 for the financial of 2019/2020. You can see exactly how much your business will pay depending on your taxable earnings on SARS’s website.

If you don’t have a registered company, but you’re already offering services or selling products, you’re considered a Sole Proprietor. This means, according to South African legislation, you and your business are one united entity. You need to submit your business income as part of your personal income.

In terms of personal income, if you earn R1 – 205 900 in taxable income over the financial year of 1 March 2020 – 28 February 2021 (note this period is different to the financial period for businesses) your taxation rate is 18%. For 2019 / 2020 the earning between R1 – 195 850 means you pay 18%. That’s the minimum.

The maximum for 2020 / 2021 is R532 041 plus 45% of the taxable income over R 1 500 000. This applies to anyone earning R1 500 001 or more. You can see how much you’d pay, relative to your taxable income, here on SARS’s website.

How can you avoid taxes?

Essentially, there’s no way to sidestep paying taxes on any income you generate, whether it’s as an individual or as a group.

There is no legal way to avoid taxes. There are more effective ways to approach your business administration to ensure that you don’t pay unnecessary taxes, but you cannot avoid taxes – nor should you try to pay taxes.

You can connect with our Accounting service to advise on a more effective way to approach your business’s paperwork.

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