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Johannesburg - The South African Revenue Service is cautioning non-provisional taxpayers that they only have 3 days left to file their taxes.

This is because the tax season officially closes on on Friday, November 25.

In a statement, SARS says this applies to whether non-provisional taxpayers file via a branch or via eFiling. For provisional taxpayers who submit via eFiling, the tax season runs until January 31.

Branches will operate between 08am to 16pm this week, and SARS tax consultants will ensure that all taxpayers are assisted with their tax returns.

The SARS contact centre will extend its operating hours from 08am to 19pm to particularly ensure that taxpayers opting to submit their tax returns via eFiling have the support required.

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Taxpayers filing their tax returns at a branch can expect an average queue time of 27 minutes, and an average service time of 8 minutes.

Taxpayers are reminded that eFiling is the simplest and quickest way to file one's tax return and is available 24 hours.

The number of income tax returns received to date has increased to 5.1 million from just more than 4 million a few weeks ago. This includes tax returns received this year and outstanding returns from previous years.

Of the 3 714 998 tax returns applicable to this year's tax season, a total of 50.80 percent were filed at a branch, and 49.19 percent via eFiling. A very small percentage (0.01 percent) was filed manually via post so far.