As understanding the tax system may be confusing, it is often beneficial to hire a professional to assist you. Below are the best ways to find qualified professional advice when it comes to local tax law. If you’d like to research the subject yourself, start at http://www.sars.gov.za. The SARS website is intended to make taxation and tax-related calculations easy to understand, and a little browsing should provide you with the answers to any questions you may have. If it doesn’t, you can call the SARS national call centre on 0800 00 72 77 (or +2711 602 2093 if you’re calling from outside the country).
Finding a Tax Advisor
If you’re in the employ of a local firm, your company should be able to recommend a reliable tax advisor. Similarly, if you’re purchasing a local property, the seller should be able to provide you with the details of a decent conveyancing attorney.
In order to determine if your attorney is a registered tax professional, contact the Cape Law Society. All lawyers in the Western Cape are required to be registered with them. You can also use their ‘Find an attorney’ function at http://www.capelawsoc.law.za/NewSearch/AttorneySearch.asp to locate a registered tax lawyer in your area.
Address: 29th and 30th Floors, the ABSA Centre, 2 Riebeeck Street, CBD
Call 021 443 6700 or visit http://www.capelawsoc.co.za.
SAICA (The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants) is the most prominent accountancy body in the country. The institute requires members to continue their education to keep up with changes in the industry, so membership with SAICA is a good indication that you’re dealing with a competent professional. You can use the ‘Find a Chartered Accountant’ function on their website to locate a SAICA-approved accountant in your area. Visit http://www.saica.co.za/Members/FindaCharteredAccountantinyourArea/tabid/369/language/en-ZA/Default.aspx.
Address: 4th floor, 1 Thibault Square, Long Street, CBD
Call 021 417 2660 or visit http://www.saica.co.za.