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Operational issues experienced by tax practitioners when dealing with SARS: Monthly update
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When: 2013/12/10
16h00pm until 17h00pm
Where: Webinar online session
Presented live from Gauteng
Contact: Silvia Motaung

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Two of SARS’ enduring core outcomes highlighted in the SARS strategic plan 2013/14 – 2017/18 are to increase ease and fairness of doing business with SARS and to increase the cost effectiveness, internal efficiency and institutional respectability of its operations. In an attempt to ensure that these objectives are met and that our members are informed of the latest modernisation implemented by SARS, Professor Sharon Smulders, Head of Tax Technical Policy and Research, will host the SAIT’s third SARS operational webinar on Tuesday the 18th of March 2014 from 15h00 to 17h00.

Join us on 18 March 2014 at 15:00 – 17:00


    · Is the budget satisfactory from an economic perspective?
    · What are the most important tax changes mentioned in the 2014 Budget Speech?
    · When is SARS going to publish the list of ‘senior SARS officials’?
    · How is the new TCC process affecting tax practitioners?
    · If a tax practitioner does not have an appointment and his/her case has not qualified as an ad hoc case, what prevents the tax practitioner from queuing together with the general public?
    · Are VAT registration workshops going to be held nationwide to explain how to effectively register for VAT?
    · What is the progress update on the ‘Single view’ roll out for VAT and PAYE registrations and how will it work?
    · When and how are the following issues going to be addressed:
    SARS is raising additional assessments without notifying the tax practitioners
  • SARS is still contacting taxpayers rather than tax practitioners
  • SMS communications from SARS to the tax practitioner regarding the penalty assessment and outstanding debt does not include the name or reference number of the taxpayer
  • Farming returns – amounts on return do not automatically add up
  • Trust returns – efiling return does not pre-populate the standing information

Will the difficulties encountered in requesting a suspension of payment soon be a thing of the past?

When will the request for corrections and NOO1 be available on e-filing for trusts?

And more...


Professor Sharon Smulders - PhD Tax, Hons B.Com (Accounting), M.Com (Taxation), CA(SA), MTP(SA)

Sharon is the Head of Tax Technical & Research at the SA Institute of Tax Practitioners. She will primarily be responsible to liaise with SARS, National Treasury, Parliament and international organisations on tax policy matters. In addition, Sharon also received the SAIT Chair and visiting professor in taxation at the University of the Western Cape.

Prior to joining SAIT, Sharon was an associate professor in taxation with the University of Pretoria where she lectured taxation on both under-graduate and post-graduate levels. Amongst others, she has presented workshops to SARS, ACCA, KPMG and BDO. She has also assisted the World Bank in 2006-2007 and SARS in 2011-2012 with quantitative research on the tax compliance burden for small businesses. Her research with the World Bank led to tax legislation amendments in 2008. Prior to joining academia, she was a manager in the taxation department of Deloitte in Pretoria. She has a very keen interest in small business taxation which developed into her masters and doctoral studies. She has also published accredited research articles on this topic and presented her research findings at various international and national conferences


Webinar Participation & Completion of the Online Assessment will secure 2 hours Verifiable Output CPD.


SAIT members only: Free



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.

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