As tax is both a legal requirement and social responsibility, it is critical that individuals and tax professionals have a solid grasp of the principles of taxation and their related obligations. This short course will empower individuals with the skills to manage their own tax affairs, eliminating the need for costly external help. During this course, you will develop the knowledge and gain a deeper understanding of the tax rules and requirements. You will cover practical issues impacting individual taxes such Airbnb/rental income, home office expenses, medical tax credits and travel allowances. Upon completing this course, you will be equipped with the practical skills you need to calculate tax payable and to file an individual tax return (ITR12).
Mode of delivery
Online and self-paced.
Effort and duration
Minimum duration: 12 weeks. The course must be completed in 14 weeks.
Weekly effort: Four to ten hours per week.
What you will learn in this course
The course is delivered online and covers the following modules, topics, and practical areas:
Module 1: Introduction to taxation
Module 2: Income
Module 3: Deductions
Module 4: Fringe benefits
Module 5: Allowances
A minimum of an NQF 4.
This course is presented as a short learning programme (SLP) by The Tax Faculty (TTF). TTF is accredited as a continuous professional development (CPD) provider by the South African Institute of Taxation (SAIT), a South African Revenue Services Recognised Controlling Body (RCB) under the Tax Administration Act, 2011 (Act No 28 of 2011).
TTF is registered as a skills development partner (SDP) under the Skills Development Act, 1998 (Act No 97 of 1998) by the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO).
Assessment, NQF level and award of certificate
Learners are assessed via a number of formative and summative assessments. Successful learners will receive a SLP certificate issued by The Tax Faculty. This SLP certificate is non-credit bearing, however, successful learners articulating into the Occupational Certificate: Tax Technician (NQF 6) programme, will obtain recognition for prior learning (RPL) towards the NQF 6 qualification. In addition, this just-in-time learning programme also qualifies for verifiable CPD.
Student support and online campus
The academic and practical skills component of the qualification is delivered on The Tax Faculty's online iLearnTax Campus.
This will be your virtual campus for the duration of the programme. The course is presented as micro-learning videos, study guides, practice quizzes, discussion forums, practical case studies, assignment briefs and guided presentations on how to master case studies and assignments. Academic lecturers are available on the Q&A portal as they would be in a classroom.
At the beginning of each semester, you'll be presented with the course content plan, a study plan and important assignment dates which are set out at manageable deadlines. This will help you study at your own pace.
In addition, you will be allocated a course consultant who will help you navigate the online campus, support you with your weekly participation and deadlines, and will be able to answer any administrative queries you may have.
Flexible payment options
Payment option 1: Once-off payment
Total: R5 950.00 (incl. VAT).
Payment option 2: Debit order
Application fee (non-refundable): R450.00 (incl. VAT).
Two instalments: R3 400.00 per month (incl. VAT).
Total: R7 250.00 (incl. VAT).
* First debit order will be collected on course start date. Remaining debit orders will be collected on the first working day of each month.
Payments and cancellations
For all short learning programmes (SLPs) with a seven-month or less rollout period, the following will apply:
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