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2015 Webinar: Davis Committee – Judge Dennis Davis
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When: 10 December 2015
From 15:00 until 17:00
Where: Webinar online session
Presented live from
South Africa
Contact: Thabelo Raivhogo

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The Davis Tax Committee was set up in July 2013 to assess South Africa’s entire tax policy framework. Since that time, the Committee has produced a number of important reports, including an overview and conceptual framework for the committee’s work, and interim reports on estate duty (including trusts), VAT, mining, SMEs, and BEPS.

Join Judge Dennis Davis at our webinar where he will review the work of the Committee to date and provide an update on the most recent developments. While he will discuss the work of the Committee in general, there will be a particular focus on the Committee’s work relating to SMEs and trusts.

Course Content

The work of the Davis Committee
  • The analytical framework that underpins the work of the Davis Tax Committee
  • South Africa’s fiscal policy choices: where will revenue come from? 
  • Interim reports and recommendations
The committee’s work on SMEs
  • Income tax provisions and deductions
  • The turnover tax for micro enterprises
  • VAT and the SME
  • Tax incentives for SMEs
  • The cost of compliance
  • Interim recommendations for the taxation of SMEs
The Committee’s work on trusts
  • Sections 7 and 25B of the Income Tax Act
  • The attribution and deeming principles in the Act, and their impact on tax avoidance
  • The Committee’s concerns regarding foreign trusts
  • Feedback received and outstanding issues


Judge Dennis Davis
Judge Dennis Davis was educated at Herzlia School, Universities of Cape town (UCT) and Cambridge. He began teaching at UCT in 1977 and was appointed to a personal chair of Commercial Law, in 1989. Between 1991 and 1997 he was Director of the Centre for Applied Legal Studies of the University of the Witwatersrand. He held joint appointment at Wits and UCT 1995 - 1997. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court in 1998 and as President of the Competition Appeal Court in 2000. Since his appointment to the Bench, he has continued to teach constitutional law and tax law at UCT where he is a Hon. Professor of law.

Dennis is a member of the Commission of Enquiry into Tax Structure of South Africa and was a Technical Advisor to the Constitutional Assembly where the negotiations for South Africa's interim and final constitutions were formulated and concluded. He hosted a TV programme, Future Imperfect which was an award winning current affairs programme between 1993-1998.

He has been a visiting lecturer/professor at the Universities of Cambridge, Florida, Toronto and Harvard.


This event and successful completion of the online assessment will secure 2 hours verifiable output CPD points/units.

Including the following professional bodies. (SAICA, CIMA, SAIPA, SAIBA, ACCA, FPI, CSSA, LSSA, FISA, ICBA, IAC, AAT)

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This webinar does not form part of the CPD subscription package

Member: R370.00
Non-member: R450.00

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