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2016 Webinar: Tax Research & Opinion Writing
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When: 7 April 2016
From 09:00 until 13:00
Where: Webinar online session
Presented live from
South Africa
Contact: Silvia Motaung

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Good tax research and opinion writing is both tricky and extremely important for any tax professional. It is tricky because it requires a complex mix of competencies, including subject-matter knowledge, an ability to grasp the facts of a particular case accurately, and a range of domain-general research and writing skills. It is important because a well-written and thoroughly researched opinion is a valuable service to clients under a wide set of circumstances, including for example to mitigate tax penalty risk in terms of section 223(3)(b) of the TAA. The course is aimed at junior and mid-level professionals

In this 4 hour and highly practical webinar, two of the country’s foremost tax experts, Prof. Keith Engel and Piet Nel, will equip you with the skills and techniques required to research and write a professional tax opinion. Engel and Nel will provide practical research advice, guidelines for discerning the essential facts of a case, how to apply the law accurately to the facts, and how to bring your research to a successful conclusion in a well-structured and professional document.

Course Content

  • Part I
    • Importance of quality tax research (a rare skill)
    • Legislative history and process
    • SARS interpretation
    • Judicial decisions
    • Treatises, journals and articles
    • International research
  • Part II:
    • Tax opinions as a service to clients
    • The purpose, structure, style and content of tax opinions 
    • How to apply the law to the facts
    • Do’s and don’ts of tax opinion writing 
    • A practical worked example of writing a tax opinion
    • Practical matters
      • Plagiarism
      • Disclaimers
      • Expressing your conclusions

Keith Engel, Chief Executive Officer, South African Institute of Tax Professionals

Keith Engel is the Chief Executive Officer for the South African Institute of Tax Professionals. As part of his core duties managing the Institute, he is heavily engaged in tax at a policy, legislative and interpretative level (e.g. with National Treasury, Parliament, SARS, the Davis Tax Committee and the private sector). His role also includes presentations and participation in regional African tax issues. Outside of the Institute, he regularly teaches at the University of Johannesburg and is an honorary adjunct professor at the University of Cape Town, North Western University and Rhodes University. Keith is well known for his leading roles in the formulation of tax legislation at the National Treasury from 2000 to 2013.

Piet Nel CA(SA)
Piet is the Head of the recently established School of Applied Tax at the SA Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT). He formerly lectured in taxation at UNISA and the University of Pretoria and acted as study supervisor on post graduate level. Prior to joining SAIT, Piet was the project director for tax at SAICA. Over a period of more than a decade, Piet presented numerous tax seminars and workshops to tax practitioners. Piet is also well known in the media, regularly appearing on radio and TV talk shows. He actively contributes to the tax thought in South Africa and regularly publishes articles in professional journals and magazines


This event and successful completion of the online assessment will secure 4 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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Company Price: R850.00

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