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The appointment of Tom Moyane as SARS Commissioner welcomed by the tax industry
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27 September 2014

Tuesday 23 September, Mr Tom Moyane was appointed as the new SARS Commissioner in an announcement made today by H.E. President, Mr Jacob Zuma.

Mr Tom Moyane brings a wealth of more than 30 years’ experience to this important office, by having worked as a senior executive in various government and private sector entities. In his role as a development economist, Mr Moyane served as an advisor on turnaround strategies at the State Information and Technology Agency recently.

The South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) were quick to add their support for Mr Moyane’s appointment to this important office.” Stiaan Klue, Chief Executive of SAIT adds, “SARS is a vital cornerstone of South Africa’s fiscal order and security, and Mr Moyane’s vast experience at the highest levels of Government and Public Administration stand him in good stead in ensuring SARS continue to serve the best interests of the South African economy.”

Klue believes that a debt of gratitude is owed to Mr Ivan Pillay who has been at the helm of SARS in the interim as Acting SARS Commissioner. “Mr Ivan Pillay needs to be commended for the stability and professional ism he instilled within SARS during his tenure as Acting Commissioner.

As the largest of the Tax Professional bodies, SAIT plays a leading role in developing sound tax policy and shaping fiscal legislation through participation in, and dialogue with, Parliament. Klue remarks, “The Commissioner holds the office for an agreed term not exceeding five years but which is renewable.  Mr Moyane’s appointment lends certainty to the effective line of communication SAIT has established with SARS in their goal to develop world class, professional practices and people.”

WHY REGISTER WITH SAIT?

Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (as amended) requires that all tax practitioners register with a recognized controlling body before 1 July 2013. It is a criminal offense to not register with both a recognized controlling body and SARS.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO REGISTER

The Act requires that a minimum academic and practical requirments be set to register with a controlling body. Click here for the minimum requirements of SAIT.

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