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TERS declined due to SARS category

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Following ASATA’s news update yesterday, TERS extension – 16 Oct 2020 – 15 March 2021 & Reduced work time benefit for temporary layoff and bulk termination submission, we would like to also share with you an update on TERS declined due to SARS category.

SATSA has summarised the information below, with a focus on TERS applications which have been declined due to SARS Sector Categories/SIC (Standard Industry Classification) codes.
SATSA has been made aware of a number of members who have been declined for TERS due to SARS Sector Categories / SIC (Standard Industry Classification) codes.

This has been elevated through TBCSA for resolution with UIF and Department of Labour if possible, but  SATSA has also approached specialists through its partnership with COBRA to see if there are other solutions.SIC codes need to be supplied for the application and the system will automatically check it against the SARS code. Please click here to see the list of SIC codes. Code 55 is relevant for Accommodation Code 79 is the relevant division for Travel agency, tour operator, reservation service and related activities. Code 93 is relevant division for sports activities and amusement and recreation activities There are two ways to make a SIC change at the moment:

SARS APP
The RAV01 form can currently not be updated through the normal SARS eFiling system. The SARS App needs to be downloaded, the eFiling accessed through the App, and the RAV01 updated accordingly.

ITR14
The second option is to update same on the next Company tax return submission Itr14 if that has not been done yet.

Once the RAV01 has been updated an email can be sent to the SARS practitioner unit pcc@sars.gov.za by your tax practitioner to request the change be done urgently. SARS will acknowledge the receipt of the request with an email containing a case reference number. If not resolved within two weeks a complaint can be lodged through the clients eFiling profile under Services/Complaints using the case number provided. SARS is normally allowed two weeks to then resolve the matter.

ASATA will continue to monitor this process, and should we receive any further information or updates, these will be communicated accordingly. 
The impact of COVID-19 on the travel industry is unprecedented and unpredictable. The nature of the content that is being shared on the ASATA coronavirus microsite is therefore constantly changing. Please check the date of the post to ascertain its recency.
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