The issuing of the printed Tax Clearance Certificates (TCC) will be terminated after 25 October 2019, as SARS is fully implementing a more secure and electronic Tax Compliance Status (TCS) system.

Since the implementation of the Tax Clearance Certificate system in 2015, taxpayers were made aware that the goal of SARS was to terminate the use of the printed TCC, and would eventually stop issuing TCC’s at a future date.

SARS has now reached the point where the ability to print a TCC will be terminated, and the TCS
PIN will have to be used by taxpayers to share their tax compliance status electronically with
third parties. In addition to terminating the ability to obtain and/or print a TCC, all active TCC’s
that are currently in circulation will be cancelled. You will therefore no longer be able to verify or
print it.

You are encouraged to familiarise yourself with the electronic TCS system and the use of the
TCS PIN so as to be prepared when SARS entirely terminates the TCC concept. The secure and convenient electronic TCS PIN provides you with a way to authorise any third party (an organisation or government department) to view your tax compliance status online via
eFiling by providing them with the PIN. It will present them with your overall tax compliance
status as at the date and time they view it, instead of your tax compliance status as it was at the
date when the TCS PIN was issued to you. To protect the confidentiality of taxpayer information,
no other information will be accessible to a third party through this process.

It is important to remember that your tax compliance status is not static, but that it changes according to your continued compliance with tax obligations.

For more information on how to use the TCS PIN, please refer to the “Guide to the Tax Compliance Status Functionality on eFiling“.