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8 Reasons Why SAIT is Great

 

1 - We save you time and money

As soon as you join SAIT, our membership department is there to assist you in getting your SARS PR number, enabling you to begin practising as a tax practitioner under section 240 of the Tax Administration Act. If by any chance you run into problems we’re able to assist you to get your eFiling profile up and running in no time. In addition, there is no supplementary charge for administering members’ PR numbers – our membership fee is all-inclusive.

2 - We are there to guide you

SAIT membership gives you exclusive access to the Tax Helpline where you’re able to bounce your queries off our team of seasoned tax specialists, including our dedicated eFiling expert. These queries are broken down into three categories: SARS operations, eFiling and guidance on interpretation of tax legislation. So far in 2018, the technical team has responded to and resolved over 3 000 queries within a 48-hour turnaround time.

3 - We cover your risks

SAIT protects our members by providing professional indemnity insurance cover against claims or allegations of negligence when a member’s professional advice or services fail to meet a client’s expectations or contractual commitments, even if they are only “perceived” failures. Members of SAIT receive up to R5 million professional indemnity insurance as part of their membership.

4 - We keep you updated, informed and at the top of your game

With access to hundreds of hours of CPD webinars, seminars and written articles, SAIT endeavours to keep our members up to date and on the cutting edge of all there is to know about the current tax climate. In addition to the educational elements on offer, SAIT members also receive the bimonthly TaxTalk magazine and weekly newsletter which are carefully curated by the who’s who in the tax world. In 2018, for the first time ever, TaxTalk magazine was available for purchase at CNA and Exclusive Books stores nationwide. 

5 - We give you a voice at SARS

SAIT and our regional representatives regularly meet with SARS to discuss the most common operational and eFiling issues plaguing the industry. In 2018, our operational work groups attended meetings with the SARS branch managers in over 11 regions across South Africa. Our regional representatives also support each other via SAIT-controlled WhatsApp groups to stay connected and up to date on tried-and-tested troubleshooting methods. The SAIT technical team meets with the SARS executives four times a year to take all unresolved issues straight to the movers, shakers and decision makers. We’ve worked hard to cement a good relationship with SARS, ensuring your voice is heard and considered.

6 - SAIT’s seal of approval shows your clients that you’re serious about tax 

Our membership is recognised by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) so that your tax expertise can be fully recognised by your peers, clients and the public at large. Our “Ask the Question” campaign encouraged members of the public to ensure their accountant or tax practitioner is indeed a member of the most tax-relevant professional body. This shows our ongoing commitment to members and the confidence that we have in you.

7 - We help you to shape the future of tax legislation

SAIT regularly makes submissions to (and meets with) National Treasury, SARS and other Government stakeholders in terms of tax legislation and interpretation. The policy team also attends Parliament to represent tax practitioners, and our head of policy has presented to the Standing Committee on Finance (SCoF) on numerous occasions this past year.

8 - We connect you with the tax community

SAIT collaborates with other professional bodies to organise various large-scale events, such as the Budget Trilogy and Tax Indaba, which brings together the entire tax community, including professionals, Government and other key stakeholders. These events provide the ideal platform to connect you with your peers and like-minded individuals.

If you’re not already a SAIT member, click here to join us today.

 

 

WHY REGISTER WITH SAIT?

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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