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Who can draw up financial statements and submit tax returns in case of a trust and a company?

28 January 2015   (0 Comments)
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Q: Could you please advise me for trusts and companies, is there a directive or legal obligation that states an accountant must draw up financial statements and compile the tax return?

A: The obligation to draft financial statements and who may approve and audit/review them is an obligation imposed by the Companies Act 2008 and for Trusts as per the regulations imposed by the Master of the High Court in terms of the Trust Property Control Act.

The tax Acts do not prescribe a specific person to draw up the require books and accounts that need to be retained as these are done in terms of other legislation. The Tax Administration Act ("TAA”) also does not compel that an accountant must complete the tax return as this can be done by the taxpayer as well. However where a person is assisting in completing or submitting the tax return that is not the taxpayer then such person must be a registered tax practitioner in terms of section 240 of the TAA.

Disclaimer: Nothing in this query and answer should be construed as constituting tax advice or a tax opinion. An expert should be consulted for advice based on the facts and circumstances of each transaction/case. Even though great care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the answer, SAIT do not accept any responsibility for consequences of decisions taken based on this query and answer. It remains your own responsibility to consult the relevant primary resources when taking a decision.


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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