Let’s get technical
03 November 2014
Posted by: Author: SAIT Technical
Author: SAIT Technical
Did you know that as a member of the SAIT you have access to
some of the top tax minds in the country? The SAIT Technical Department is ready
and willing to provide any guidance you might need with regard to tax related
matters in South Africa.
If you’re unsure of how to use us to assist you in your work,
then continue reading and please get in touch. We’re here to help you.
We can answer your
The constant changes in legislation leads to uncertainty
among tax professionals in South Africa. An opinion that could have been
written in no more than ten pages by a single person a decade ago now can be
anything of up to 100 pages long. Coupled with modernisation and the speed at
which transactions take place, it is no
surprise that a lot of grey areas are encountered by tax professionals on a
This is where Technical Department comes in. One of our most
important functions is to provide members with guidance on any tax related
query that comes to mind. The Technical Department works according to a service
level agreement of 72 business hours in answering queries and receives
approximately 100 queries per week.
We provide guidance on a number of different queries,
including technical, operational, efiling, SARS specific enquiries or
We are your voice
Not only do we assist you with queries that you might have
but we also act as your voice in public forums relating to tax in this country.
SARS is a world-class revenue authority and relies heavily on input from
external stakeholders to ensure that it is functioning properly.
In this regard, the
various SARS branch offices across the country organise SARS operational meetings
on a quarterly basis to provide Recognised Controlling Bodies with the
opportunity to escalate and communicate their members’ concerns relating to
modernisation and the service delivery of SARS. The SAIT Technical Department
attends between 20 and 30 SARS operational meetings per year. These meetings
proved to be highly effective and SARS takes action on the items raised during
formation and implementation
of the SAIT’s missions is to protect the public interest by participating in
policy formulation and implementation. Public participation in the legislative
process also forms one of the corner stones of a modern day democracy and the
Technical Department plays an important role in representing its members in this
regard. On a yearly basis, the Technical Department compiles numerous
submissions to and lobbies with National Treasury, SARS and the Standing
Committee of Finance to protect the public’s interest that may be in jeopardy
due to proposed legislation being passed. You can view all our submissions to
date right here.
communication channels open
The Technical Department plays an important role in ensuring
that the Institute’s members are kept up to date with the latest tax changes by
compiling and distributing the TaxTalk Professional newsletter every Thursday.
A new exciting development is the TaxTalk Business newsletter that is
distributed to all members on the last Monday of every month. This newsletter
forms a niche marketing tool to members in that they can, in less than five
minutes, customise the newsletter with their own company logo and tax articles
of their choice before distributing it to their customers. If you haven’t tried
it yet, then you are encouraged to do so. Any enquiries regarding the TaxTalk
Business newsletter can be sent to Jonathan Greve at firstname.lastname@example.org.