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Tax Practitioners To Ensure That They Are Tax Compliant

08 October 2013   (3 Comments)
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Author: SARS Legal and Policy

We have previously communicated the requirement for tax practitioners to be registered with a Recognised Controlling Body (RCB) before registering with SARS in terms of Section 240 of the amended Tax Administration Act of 2011. The Act further requires controlling bodies to maintain effective codes of conduct and disciplinary processes. 

One such requirement relating to the code of conduct requires members of RCBs to display personal tax compliance. If your personal tax affairs are not up to date, you are not tax complaint and the controlling body of which you are a member needs to take appropriate disciplinary action. 

Personal tax compliance refers broadly to the taxpayer being registered for all relevant taxes, having no outstanding debt to SARS, and  having no outstanding returns/declarations. 

We want to urge tax practitioners who are still not fully compliant to contact SARS urgently so that we can assist you to achieve full compliance in terms of your personal tax affairs. Should you fail to do so, SARS would be forced to report your non-compliance to your RCB who will then take disciplinary action.

For further assistance or more information, call the SARS Practitioner Contact Centre on 0860 12 12 19. 

Issued on behalf of the Commissioner for the South African Revenue Service 

Comments...

Lucia G. Bowker (Chadinha) says...
Posted 20 November 2013
With regards the tax practitioners not being tax complaint. I know that I had to get a tax clearance certificate from Sars with regards my personal taxes to register with the revelant body to stay a tax practitioner. Lucia Bowker
Sipho Mamphekgo Phokwane Sr says...
Posted 10 October 2013
Good afternoon, good point how can we preach what we don't practice?
Tshwabisi J. Modise says...
Posted 10 October 2013
Good day Sir, my concern is that SARS is still considering tax practitioners who are registered with them.So far no appropriate action has been taken .Is it not possible for you to communicate this grave concern on our behalf as members.Furthermore I suspect that they are assessing fraudulently because of the enormous claims they made by charging taxpayers up to 30% for a refund as their service fee. Kind Regards Mr T.J.Modise

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