All of you received our Member Alert last week
Friday regarding the meeting with SARS to discuss the problems experienced by
Tax Practitioners assisting their clients via e-filing and at the call centre.
Please note that the tax practitioners should be able to continue with business
as usual, except for the online registrations for new entities and the ability
to change/amend the permanent information of a client. Further clarity
will be provided in the near future with regard to updating the public officer
(registered representative) information on e-filing, as well as the setup
requirements of the tax practitioner’s e-filing profile.
Please note: You will only be able to successfully update your tax
practitioner details on efiling once the SARS system is updated with all the
Recognised Controlling Body (RCB) member details. SARS is still in the process
of doing this, so we will inform you once it is activated. To prepare yourself
for this, please go to "Tax Practitioner Registration Process” Guide on
the SARS website (http://www.sars.gov.za/ClientSegments/Tax-Practitioners/Pages/Registration-Process.aspx).
Most important for now is to
ensure that you are in good standing with SAIT (CPD up to date,
membership fees paid, all required documentation (such as TCC) submitted to
SAIT) so that you can continue practice as a tax practitioner and assist your
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.