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Minutes: SARS Stakeholders' meeting Pretoria 18 September 2013

19 September 2013   (0 Comments)
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Author: SAIT Technical

Issues raised by SAIT and other stakeholders

1.1 SARS contacts taxpayer directly

SARS would contact a taxpayer directly and request information or demand payment of taxes. The problem with this is that often an assessment may not necessarily be correct or supporting documents may have been submitted via the branch etc. The tax practitioner is in a position to provide the call centre operator with information and not the taxpayer.

We say, contact the practitioner first, thereafter if the matter has not been resolved contact the taxpayer.

SARS has noted this suggestion and will have to discuss with the relevant departments within SARS.

1.2 Fraudulent documents from clients (not raised by SAIT)

SARS wishes to warn tax practitioners to make sure that documents provided to them by their clients are authentic. It happens that a client may present a document to the tax practitioner which is fraudulent.

1.3 Who is liable to complete IT3(e) certificates

The Act is somewhat unclear as to who the person is that is supposed to issue an IT3(e) certificate in certain instances. For example, the terms ‘primary producer’ and ‘retail basis’ are not defined in the Income Tax Act. The problem is to identify the responsible person where an agent acts on behalf of an auctioneer for example.

SARS requested more information and explanations in this regard.

1.4 Tax practitioner meeting system implemented - Pta North Office

From 1 October 2013 will practitioners be able to make appointments via e-mail. Your meeting request for this office (PTA North) can be sent to:appointment.ptanorth@sars.gov.za


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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