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As part of our service to you, Tax Debt Relief provide you with a Tax Clearance Certificate. In order to issue a Tax Clearance Certificate, you cannot have any outstanding debt with SARS, or you need to have an arrangement with SARS that SARS deems acceptable. Once we have helped you with a SARS Debt Compromise or a SARS Installment Payment, you will receive a Tax Clearance Certificate.

The tax clearance certificate is the official document issued by SARS to confirm that the applicant has their tax affairs in order. These certificates are not just incredibly important for your everyday business but they are also required by those who are looking to apply for tenders, as the certificate proves that they clear with their taxes when they are trying to bring in foreign investors.

The SARS tax clearance certificate is controlled and enforced by the Tax Administration Act which sets out the requirements and time frames associated with the issuing of these certificates.

Tax clearance certificates are also known as TCC’s and when they are applied for, specific reasons for the application are a necessity. Each year the certificate will need to be renewed, seeing as it is only valid for one year from the date of issue. Its validity can be removed by SARS should the taxpayer not continue to be compliant with the terms of the certificate. SARS is entitled to withdraw the certificate at any time should it have been issued in error or should fraud or misrepresentation have led to the issuing of the certificate.

The conditions you need to meet in order to get your tax clearance certificate


You don’t have to handle any of this process on your own. Instead, you can enlist the services of a qualified and experienced team, such as ours. We will analyse your situation and be able to determine if you will qualify based on the conditions set out by SARS.


Some of these conditions include:

  • The taxpayer seeking a TCC will need to have been registered for income tax before applying for the certificate.
  • There should be no outstanding income tax, VAT, penalties, employee tax or dividend tax. Not sure if you have outstanding tax? We can help.
  • Deferred arrangements that might be made need to be adhered to.
  • All paperwork such as declarations and returns will need to be up to date and in the assessment process at SARS.
  • Every tax number on the document needs to be correct. If you are working with the right tax practitioners, they will have ensured that all of the numbers are right.
  • The details pertaining to the registration need to be the same as those on the system.

The easiest and most hassle-free way to get your tax clearance certificate is to use the services that we offer. As a business owner, you will need this certificate at one point or another.


There is the good standing certificate and then there is the tender certificate. Be sure of which one you need before you apply. If you are unsure of which certificate you should be applying for, you can always get in touch with our team.


To make your life a little easier, we offer to provide you with your SARS tax clearance certificate. Our team will analyse your current tax situation and smooth things over on your behalf, making the way clear for you to get your TCC.

To find out more about how to obtain your Tax Clearance Certificate through us, contact us today.