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Red flag for tax practitioners

15 May 2013   (0 Comments)
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Source: Fin 24

Cape Town - The SA Revenue Service (Sars) announced this week that it will only recognise five professional tax bodies in terms of an amendment to the 2011 Tax Administration Act (TAA).

This means that nearly 17 000 tax practitioners now have less than two months to meet the registration requirements, such as complying with professional examinations and ultimately register with a recognised controlling body and Sars before 1 July, said Stiaan Klue, chief executive of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT).

SAIT is one of the controlling bodies to be recognised by Sars along with  the Institute of Accounting and Commerce (IAC), the South African Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (Icsa), the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) and the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (Saipa).

According to SARS, the amendment aims to provide a framework that will ensure tax practitioners are properly qualified.

All tax practitioners including those that are currently registered with Sars have to apply for re-registration as tax practitioners with the five controlling bodies before July 1 or face criminal sanctions.Business and individual taxpayers have also been warned to only do business with registered practitioners to avoid any hiccups.

"We urge taxpayers to enquire about the registration status of their tax practitioners,” said Faith Ngwenya, technical and standards executive at Saipa.

She said that many practitioners may also not even be aware of the registration requirements.

Piet Nel, Saica's project director, said this new law is a milestone as it ensures quality tax related services and advice.



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.

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