All South Revenue Service (SARS) offices will be closed from Thursday 24 December to Monday 4 January.

“This two-week period of the physical lockdown of offices is SARS’ contribution to curb any further possible spread of Covid-19 infections among taxpayers and our staff,” the tax agency said in a statement.

 

It noted with “deep concern the alarming spread of Covid-19 infections because of a second wave that has enveloped our country”.

All offices will still operate remotely via digital channels. Existing branch meetings will be honoured, but only via the telephone or Microsoft Teams virtual meetings.

New branch appointments can only be made via the SARS website for meetings that will be conducted telephonically, or via Microsoft Teams.

SARS says it may decide to extend this “lockdown period” following a review.

All South African borders manned by SARS customs officials will continue to operate during this time.

South Africa is currently seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases, with deaths nearing the 25,000 mark.

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