Your recent email regarding the need to register as a tax practioner
brings to mind the current practice that SARS personnel are allowed to provide
the service of completing tax returns. I would assume that these SARS staff
members are not registered as tax practioners.The questions are
Are they qualified to perform such a service ?
If there are errors, is there some form of recourse to SARS?
Why should they be allowed to do it under uncontrolled circumstances
when we are rigidly controlled and where both SARS and our clients have
recourse to us for errors and/or poor work.
It is my contention that ther this practice should cease and only
registered tax practioners or their staff can complete tax returns or some
element of perhaps limited pro bono work should be undertaken by the
Further I believe that SARS in the their advertising diminishes the
skill required to properly complete a tax return and in a way create extra work
for themselves due to poorly completed returns