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SAIBA offers a comprehensive recognition platform for accounting and tax professionals. We have statutory recognition is numerous statutes and regulations which allows our members to offer professional engagements to clients.
The ability to include or provide tax services to clients is a fundamental part of our competitive advantage as a professional body.
Section 240 of the Tax Administration Laws Amendment Act 21 of 2012 requires that every person (except certain groups specifically excluded) that either:
must register as a tax practitioner with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and a Recognised Controlling Body (RCB), or a body whose members fall under the jurisdiction of a controlling body.
Only registered tax practitioners are allowed to advise clients on their tax affairs or complete tax returns, for a fee. Accountants that provide these services without being registered as a tax practitioners with SARS, and a controlling body will be guilty of a criminal offense.
SAIBA is in the process of applying for Recognised Controlling Body (RCB) status with SARS. This means SAIBA members will soon be able to directly register with SAIBA to obtain their tax practitioner status with SARS, by registering with SAIBA and applying to be licensed as a tax practitioner with SAIBA.
Registering as a Licensed Tax Practitioner with SAIBA demonstrates that you are:
Accounting and tax are two fundamental service lines within the accountancy profession, and require specialist focus and attention to detail.
Aligning our focus on improving the quality of accounting and tax standards means the public is protected from poor service.
SAIBA and SAIT co-operated by way of a mutual recognition MOU allowing SAIBA to be presented as the home of accounting officers and SAIT as the home of tax practitioners.
The accountancy landscape has significantly changed over the last few years and regulators and other stakeholders now prefer a profession that is equally represented in all relevant forums, including the RCB forum. Once SAIBA has obtained RCB status the co-operation agreement between SAIBA and SAIT will be further enhanced:
Step 1: Accountant’s designation:
Accountants apply to SAIBA directly for one of our 4 designations: BA(SA), CBA(SA), CFO(SA) and BAP(SA)
Step 2: Licensed Tax Practitioner
Designated SAIBA members that also provide tax services to clients will apply to SAIBA to become a Licensed Tax practitioners and pay an additional license fee to obtain tax support services powered by SAIT.
If you are already a member of SAIBA and SAIT there will be no change and you will continue with dual membership. You do not have to follow the licensed route.
The MOU between the Southern African Institute for Business Accountants (SAIBA) and the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) remains in place and enable SAIBA members that have been awarded a SAIBA designation to register with SAIT. Dual membership allows a person to be a member of two professional bodies, SAIBA and SAIT.
The MOU between SAIBA and SAIT provides the following benefits to qualifying members:
SAIBA members that are registered as tax practitioners are required to:
SAIBA has applied for RCB status with SARS and included in our application the following requirements for attaining the SAIBA Licensed Tax Practitioner status: