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Laws to protect taxpayers

04 January 2013   (0 Comments)
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By FIN24

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According to Business Day, the tax practitioners will be required to register with a regulatory body before July this year. Those who failed to do so would face legal action.

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Johannesburg - The government will this year introduce laws to regulate the tax advisory services in the country, the Business Day newspaper reported on Friday.

The new regulations would hold tax practitioners accountable for the advice they give to taxpayers and also rid the industry of rogue practitioners.

The newspaper said the regulatory framework would obligate practitioners to register with a regulatory body before July. Those who failed to do so would face legal action.

The tax advisory regulations came after the promulgation of the Tax Administration Amendment Act at the end of 2012.

All practitioners would be obliged to be members of organisations such as the Independent Regulatory Board of Auditors, SA Legal Practice Council, Institute for Tax Practitioners, SA Institute of Chartered Accountants or SA Institute of Professional Accountants.

Business Day reported that while the state's intention was to hold tax practitioners accountable, it was suspected in the tax advisory industry that the regulations were aimed at keeping those in highly sophisticated tax avoidance schemes in check.


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.


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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