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Reminder: Tax Practitioners To Verify Their Details Or Register With SARS

08 October 2013   (2 Comments)
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Author: SARS Legal and Policy

We are appealing to all practitioners who have not yet verified their tax practitioner details on eFiling or who have not yet registered with SARS as a tax practitioner, to do so as a matter of urgency. In terms of Section 240 of the amended Tax Administration Act No.28 of 2011, you are required to be registered with SARS as a tax practitioner if you provide tax advice or services for a fee. If you do not register and continue practicing for a fee, you will be committing a criminal offence and will be restricted from specific services available to registered tax practitioners.

You are further required in terms of the Act to be registered with a Recognised Controlling Body (RCB). The following controlling bodies are recognised by SARS: 

  • Institute of Accounting and Commerce (IACSA)
  • Chartered Secretaries Southern Africa (CSSA)
  • South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) 
  • South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA)
  • South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (SAIT)
  • Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) 
  • The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Association of Accounting Technicians Southern African(AAT(SA))

The following controlling bodies were automatically recognised in terms of the Act:  

  • A Law Society
  • General Council of the Bar of South Africa, Bar Councils and Societies of Advocates referred to in Section 7 of the Admission of Advocates Act, 1964
  • Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors – IRBA 

To find out how to verify your tax practitioner details or how to register with SARS as a tax practitioner, consult the "Guide for registration as a Tax Practitioner via eFiling” on the SARS website or call the SARS Practitioner Contact Centre on 0860 12 12  19. 

Issued On Behalf Of The Commissioner For The South African Revenue Service 


Omodele T. Ilesanmi says...
Posted 10 October 2013
I to suggests that the body make an arrangement that will help almost all members to ad its program mes. could it allow members attend programmes with little or no payments by grace.
Omodele T. Ilesanmi says...
Posted 10 October 2013
I AM A REGISTERED GENERAL PRACTITIONER. I SENT PROPOSALS ON (1) RECOVERY OF VAT (2)SETTING OF AING RECORDS FOR BUSINESSES (3) HOW TO INCREASE REVENUE to the Commissioner for SARS sometimes ago and none of them is reviewed. I would want to implore the Professional body which i belong to i mean SAIT to assist . As a member i am qualified benfits and assistance. I very keen in attending all seminars, workshops, conferences and professional program mes to date my knowledge and be current with issues that will upgrade the wide. I really cherish and love the Body's standardisa and creativity.I love to contribute my quotas always


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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