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17 February 2015

The tax community takes pride in its responsibility to promote a culture of good fiscal citizenry. As the largest community of tax practitioners in SA, the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) does not engage in any activity or public commentary that would bring the profession or the country into disrepute.

We share the view that SA needs an effective and efficient tax collection system. All modern states are based on this principle. However, to allude to the tax profession somehow condoning or implicitly being involved in some conspiracy beggars belief (Finally, someone voices alarm at SARS shenanigans, January 11).

What we know and what we have stated many times is that all organisations are subject to organisational redesign from time to time. This is now the position of South African Revenue Service (SARS) commissioner Tom Moyane as well. We believe him.

Let’s be reminded of the fact that the SARS staff complement exceeds 15,000 people and surely the organisation is big. The tax profession and SARS have set up internal structures to deal with challenges etaxpayers and practitioners when dealing with SARS experience. We view these structures as the best way of engaging with SARS. Within these structures we don’t always agree and on many occasions have taken strong positions.

The recent review of operations and staff changes have not affected our interactions with, or perception, of SARS as a respected institution. Indeed, we believe that it may even improve with new appointments, typical of change management.



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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