Get ready to hit submit on tax submissions

We would like to make sure all our customers are well-prepared for the 2021/22 bi-annual tax filing season.

Important to remember

SARS Submissions

Employers are required, twice a year, to reconcile their IRP5 / IT3(a) tax certificates; the EMP201/EMP501 statements; and the actual payments made to SARS, by using the [email protected] software provided by SARS. - The August reconciliation relates to the 6-month period from 1 March 2021 to 31 August 2021 (Bi-annual submission period).

[email protected] Software

The current version of [email protected] is 7.1.5 SARS is in the process of finalising their latest [email protected] version for the August submission period. The latest version of [email protected], which needs to be used for the August submission, as well as the updated csv file on PaySpace will be available for download by 13 September 2021. Please note that the Payspace csv file is only compatible with [email protected] and not eFiling.

Submission Period

The submission period for the Annual PAYE reconciliation declaration is from
13 September – 31 October 2021.

How PaySpace can help

We have compiled two specific options to help you through your submission obligations and make the process as seamless as possible.
RSA Employer Filing Season

Let us assist you

Let us educate you

RSA Employer Filing Season

Attend our Tax Seminar (virtual)

Follow along as Rob Cooper, Chairman of Payroll Authors Group of South Africa (PAGSA), guides us through the changes that will affect your payroll in 2021.

RSA Employer Filing Season

Attend our Tax Workshop (virtual)

Attend this facilitator-led session where Lerato Nthinya will take you through all the steps in detail, right up to the point you click ‘Submit’. Click below for more detail and dates.


Well-seasoned and feeling confident? Great!
Just in case, we have this handy submission guide just for you. (We won’t tell.)

Helpful to know
  • From the 2020 year of assessment, SARS is performing tax calculations on the IRP5/IT3(a) certificates that have been submitted via [email protected]™ Employer. This is known as Employment Taxes Validation (ETV).
  • Values will be recalculated based on the data provided on the IRP5/IT3(a) certificates. Where it is found that the incorrect amount of tax was deducted from the employee (or an incorrect SDL amount paid over), a letter will be issued, accompanied by a file containing a list of the certificates that have failed the SARS calculation.
  • For more information on ETV, please refer to the SARS website.
  • Please bear in mind the changes to some of the SARS branch processes in light of the nationwide lockdown and the continued fight to combat the spread of COVID-19. SARS continues to provide updates on their website here. Please contact SARS should you be unsure about what process to follow.

We’re here to help

If you are unsure of any of the information above, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will gladly explain the different options in more detail.