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Tuesday, 14 June 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Author: Leigh Schaller
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Author: Leigh Schaller (SAIT)

SAIT, together with the South African Institute of Business Accountants and FNB recently launched the NPO assist program in order to help the 80 000 NPOs in South Africa who are not tax compliant. 

"The majority of NPOs in South Africa are community and faith based organisations. It is common for leaders in the community to be stepping in to help in areas within their communities where there is a need, such as care for the elderly, schooling of children (early childhood development) and disabled persons.

"International empirical studies found that mission drift is results in competing responsibilities and ultimately non-compliance with statutory requirements,” says Stiaan Klue, Chairperson of the Advisory Board of SAIT.

In order to reach NPOs in need, SAIT is hosting a series of workshops around the country where NPOs can meet up with tax practitioners who provide free services.

Part of the programme involves building skills within the NPOs so that they have fewer compliance issues in the future. "To this end our volunteers will work closely with NPO office bearers and treasurers in eradicating the skills challenge in the sector.

"In addition to the on the job training and advice given by volunteers, UNISA also partnered with the consortium in presenting a governance short course to treasurers of NPOs,” says Klue. Tax practitioners who would like to be a part of the program are welcome to visit and join around 1 000 other volunteers. 

"It’s actually amazing how keen members are to volunteer their time and services,” says Klue. "South Africans have a great sense of community. 



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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