Prof Smulders met with the new CEO of
the Tax Ombud and his staff to discuss various issues. From these discussions,
Prof Smulders would like to urge SAIT members to please follow the correct
procedures when approaching the Tax Ombud (details will be provided again in
the next operational meeting presented by Prof Smulders) and to please refrain
from "CCing” the Tax Ombud in emails that are sent to SARS and the SSMO. Should
the SSMO not be able to assist, then only should the Tax Ombud be contacted.
New forms for submission of complaints are being developed by the Ombud’s
Office and these will be loaded on our website as soon as we have received them
from the Ombud’s Office.
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.