WHY BECOME A MEMBER OF THE SAIPA CoTE
SAIPA is a SARS recognised controlling body of the tax profession in South Africa. In terms of 240A of the Tax Administration Act 28 of 2011, SARS will only register members of approved professional bodies as tax practitioners.
This is a bid from SARS to crack down on bogus tax practitioners and to start regulating the industry. Tax practitioners who do not meet the requirements of SARS and the recognised controlling bodies will no longer be able to conduct business.
The SAIPA Centre of Tax Excellence (CoTE) invites applications from all tax practitioners that meet the criteria for the different tax designations offered by SAIPA CoTE.
SAIPA CoTE MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
APPLICATION FOR NON-SAIPA MEMBERS:
You can apply for the designation of Professional Tax Technician (SA), Professional Tax Practitioner (SA) or Professional Tax Specialist (SA).
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR NON-SAIPA MEMBERS:
1 Professional Tax Technician (SA).
Do you hold a National Diploma with Taxation as a major, Accounting 2 and have been working in a tax environment for at least 18 months, which can be verified?
2 Professional Tax Practitioner (SA).
Do you hold a BCom degree with taxation as a major, Accounting 2 and have been working in a tax environment for at least three years, which can be verified?
Professional Tax Specialist (SA).
Do you hold a post graduate qualification in Taxation (e.g. Honours in Tax; N Dip.Tax and higher) and have at least three years of verifiable experience within a tax environment?
Application for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).
What if you do not have a university degree or diploma?
If you do not hold any formal qualification, but are in possession of a Matric and have been working within a tax environment for at least 6 years, you can apply for the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
RPL FEES R1 000
Our SAIPA RPL committee will assess your Portfolio of Evidence (POE) and decide on the professional designation that you can be accredited for.However, you will still be expected to write the Tax Professional Evaluation (TPE) examination.
HOW TO BECOME REGISTERED
NON- SAIPA MEMBERS
Provisional Acceptance STEP BY STEP Process:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org :Tel: 011 207 7840
You will receive an email notification from the SAIPA CoTE within 72 hours of receipt of your application forms confirming or declining your Provisional Acceptance and the details of the Tax Professional Examinations and membership fees.
How much is the affiliate membership fee?
SAIPA CoTE members pay an Annual Affiliate Membership fee of R3,060.00 (incl. Vat).
WHAT ABOUT EXISTING SAIPA MEMBERS?
Existing full SAIPA members can apply for the Professional Tax Practitioner (SA) designation if they wish so. Please note that this is not compulsory, but recommended, as you will still be recognised by SARS based on your Professional Accountant (SA) designation.
GRACE PERIOD ON TAX REGISTRATIONS FOR EXISTING SAIPA MEMBERS
SAIPA Members that are currently tax practitioners are required to verify and update their details through e-filing or at a SARS branch. Existing SAIPA members with a Tax Practitioner Reference Number must complete a TP1 Application form not to re-register, but only to indicate which recognised controlling body you belong to.
This is a voluntary registration and does not prevent existing members from being registered as a tax practitioner with SARS if they are currently in good standing with SAIPA.
SAIPA members should encourage their known SAIPA Partners and Staff who meet the Institute's minimum requirements to become a professional tax technician (SA) or Professional Tax Practitioner (SA) to register with the SAIPA CoTE. As new affiliate members, they will qualify for the Professional Indemnity cover of up to R2.5 million which ensures that they are protected against third party claims from clients
Newly registered SAIPA CoTE members pay an Annual Affiliate Membership fee of R3,060.00 (incl. Vat).