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Mr. Stiaan Klue

Title: Founder

Stiaan is the founder of the South African Institute of Tax Professionals NPC (SAIT). He served as the Chief Executive for two terms.

He is currently the Executive Dean of The Tax Faculty and non-executive director at SA Accounting Academy.

Academic background

As a financially disadvantaged pupil matriculating from Point High School in Mossel Bay, North-West University offered Stiaan a full bursary to study chartered accountancy. He was also one of the first beneficiaries of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme, a fund established by the Mandela administration to support students with a combined household income of less than R100 000 per annum.

In 2003 Stiaan completed his Hons B Com Chartered Accountancy and joined Deloitte in Johannesburg. He continued his tertiary education during his training contract and in 2005 he completed his Master’s in Taxation (cum laude) and top of his class.
Prior to establishing SAIT, Stiaan was a full-time academic supervising students studying M Com SA and International Taxation.
After his initial full time stint in academia, he continued to lecture part-time, published articles in various peer reviewed journals and delivered papers at international conferences. Stiaan co-authored Silke on Tax Administration (LexisNexis) along with co-authors Prof. Jackie Arendse (Rhodes University) and Prof. Bob Williams (University of KwaZulu-Natal). He also co-authored Taxation of Individuals Simplified (LexisNexis) with Dr Kerry de Kardt (University of South Africa) and Prof Sharon Smulders (University of Pretoria).

In 2014 Stiaan established The Tax Faculty, a registered private tertiary institution, in collaboration with the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of South Africa.

Governance experience

In addition to his full-time executive role, Stiaan has experience in the following non-executive capacities:
- Vice President of the Southern African Institute for Business Accountants NPC (retired)
- Vice President of the African Association of Tax Institutes NPO (retired)
- President, International Tax Directors’ Forum (retired)
- Exco member, Southern African Accounting Academics Association NPO (retired)
- Chairman, Centre for Association Research and Intelligence (retired)
- Vice Chairman, Greater Johannesburg Business Chamber (retired)
- Exco Member, Neo-Spektrum Church PBO (current)
- Non-Executive Director, SA Accounting Academy (Pty) Ltd (current)

Fiduciary and governance experience gained at these organisations include membership on the following committees:
- Audit and Risk
- Social and Ethics
- Nominations
- HR and Remuneration
- Finance

National policy development

During his term of office as Chief Executive of SAIT, he advised the Commissioner of the South African Revenue Service on the most effective and appropriate model to regulate the tax profession in South Africa. The regulatory model proposed by Stiaan was accepted as a regulatory policy framework. To this end, in 2013 the Tax Administration Act, 2011 was amended to include section 240A, which constituted a co-regulatory model in which SARS approves controlling bodies for tax practitioners.

As an entrepreneur, he has a revolutionary passion for entrepreneurship. Stiaan remains an activist and champion for small businesses development. He believes that the success of South Africa depends largely on citizens’ ability to rally behind the National Development Plan, its Vision for 2030 and the fact that South Africa needs to radically transform its economy. In this vain, he presented a proposal to Parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance to establish a small business ministry.

In May 2014 Government established a dedicated Ministry for Small Business Development. Subsequently, Stiaan was appointed to the ministerial task team developing an SMME colloquium with the objective to ultimately present a master plan for small business development in South Africa.


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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