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New process for registration of Tax Practitioners

25 February 2013   (0 Comments)
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By SARS Communications

Tax practitioners are an essential part of tax administration in South Africa. SARS recognises this important role and has embarked on a process to elevate and professionalise the sector. In addition, SARS wants to acknowledge the role of professional bodies and statutory regulators that operate within the tax environment.

Section 240A of the Tax Administration Act (2011) changes the current SARS registration process for tax practitioners. This new process will be implemented in July 2013 and calls for an increased role for professional bodies and statutory regulators in the sector. SARS is expected to "recognise controlling bodies” if they maintain relevant and effective:

• Minimum qualifications and education
• A code of conduct
• A disciplinary code and procedures
• Continuous professional development.

SARS is in the process of engaging with various bodies in the sector, to establish whether they meet the above criteria, and will publish a list of "recognised controlling bodies” shortly. Individual tax practitioners are required to be members of such bodies in addition to their registration with SARS. We will be communicating regularly with the "recognised controlling bodies” and individual practitioners around the new process for registration of individual practitioners.


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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