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South African Institute of Tax Practitioners

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Abbreviation  SAIT
Headquarters  Pretoria, Gauteng
CE  Keith Engel
Formation  2007
Membership  12 142
Type  Professional association and regulating controlling body of tax professionals

The South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) is a recognised professional body focusing solely on taxation. It is a registered professional body under the National Qualifications Framework Act, 2008. The Institute is a professional association of tax professionals regulating tax practitioners in South Africa. SAIT promotes and focuses on the public interest, professional standards, ethics and integrity, albeit promoting the tax industry and its members.

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Formation and activities

SAIT is a Not for Profit professional body incorporated in 2007 by a group of tax professionals and educators. The SAIT is governed by a Constitution, with a Board elected by members.

When SAIT was formed in 2007 by its main founder Stiaan Klue, the Institute announced that one member of the Board may be nominated by the South African Revenue Service (SARS). SARS said they agreed in principle with the general objectives of SAIT.

In 2014 SAICA joined SAIT and other SARS recognised controlling bodies to host the Tax Indaba - SAIT is the founder of the Tax Indaba in South Africa.

Other organisations representing tax professionals in the country are the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA).

In March 2011 the CEO of the Institute, Stiaan Klue, joined with Nicolaas van Wyk of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in calling for simplification of South African tax laws, pointing out that many businesses remained in the informal sector due to the cost and difficulty of registration. SAIT publishes TaxTalk every two months to 10,200 recipients. The magazine deals with tax issues for the South African market.

Membership

SAIT members in good standing have reciprocal benefits of several other international tax institutes, including the Canadian Tax Foundation, Chartered Institute of Taxation (UK), Taxation Institute of Australia, Irish Tax Institute, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, Chamber of Tax Advisers of the Czech Republic and the Dutch Association of Tax Advisors (NOB). SAIT is a member of the International Tax Directors Forum (ITDF).

SAIT has been collaborating and exchanging information with African Tax professional bodiesChartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria since 2007. During 2010 the SAIT Chief Executive, Stiaan Klue, initiated the establishment of a Pan-African body for tax associations. In June 2011 SAIT participated in a meeting in Lagos, Nigeria in which it was agreed to establish the Association of African Tax Institutes (AATI). The SAIT CE is a vice president of AATI.

References

South African Institute of Tax Practitioners Wikipedia


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