You must register as a tax payer with SARS if you earn above a threshold determined by SARS every year. You need to register within 60 days of first receiving your income.
A South African tax number is issued by the South African Revenue Service and can be found on all Taxpayer specific correspondence addressed to the Taxpayer. Here is how you can register for a Tax Number
Auto Registration for Tax Number online
When you register for SARS eFiling for the first time and you don’t have a tax number, SARS will automatically register you and issue you with a tax number. To register for eFilling, visit the link and follow the prompts. You can also register for SARS eFiling on the SARS MobiApp and follow the same steps.
Register for a tax number through your Employer
You can register for a tax number through your employer using eFiling. SARS eFiling offers the SARS registration function which allows employers to submit employee income tax registrations to SARS. You employer will then receive your SARS tax number and share it with you.
eBooking appointment with SARS to register for a Tax Number
The eBooking appointment channels are ONLY available if you are already registered for tax. You can send an SMS to 47277 with your ID number/Passport number/Asylum Seeker number. You could also make an eBooking appointment by clicking this link and filling in the online eBooking form before you visit your branch.