Tax Directives: Interface specification version 6.504 trade testing dates and software implementation

Aug 24, 2023 | Uncategorised

24 August 2023 – SARS will introduce enhancements to the Tax Directives process as indicated in the IBIR-006 Tax Directives Interface Specification Version 6.503.  The trade testing dates were confirmed for the implementation of the software is planned for implementation in the first quarter for the 2023/2024 financial year.  You have received communication with regards to the exact dates for trade and the implementation dates.

There were changes effected as per the feedback from the testing team with regards to Form C, where for a transfer value less than R371250, the full benefit must be transferred, i.e., the “original fund” must be zero.

The changes are thus reflected on IBIR-006 Tax Directives Interface Specification Version 6.504.

The Tax Directives Interface Specification is available on the SARS website  and you are encouraged to review it prior to testing.

Please follow these steps to submit test files:

Step 1: Before testing can commence, you will need to email 10 taxpayer reference numbers to  to ensure the numbers are active.  In the email subject line, use “Tax reference numbers for Trade Testing”. A maximum of 10 taxpayer reference numbers will be allowed.

Step 2: You will be notified via the same email address to confirm when testing may commence.

For trade testing queries please email

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