So lately I have come across a lot of employers who are asking for employees tax numbers before they are considered for a position.

This issue has actually been addressed with SARS and they have stated the following ” While SARS will readily assist persons who approach our branches to register, such processes are placing an unnecessary burden on both the prospective employees and on SARS branches”.

SARS goes on to state that they don’t require a person to have a tax number prior to being employed for the first time.

SARS has made it very easy for employers to register their employees for tax by various means;
– Registering them on Easyfile
– New applications on SARS Efiling
– Bulk registrations on Easyfile

Source; TaxTalk issue 71