During the course of May to July 2021, a team of senior tax professionals from Bowmans together with Advocate Aakifah Louw (Group One Advocates) will anchor three interactive sessions on the broader topic of tax dispute resolution. The panel will share their practical experience and knowledge in navigating the increasingly complex and contentious field of tax administration and tax disputes by highlighting and discussing some of the more frequently encountered challenges in their respective fields. The webinar-series aims to provide delegates with practical tips and guidance on:
Dealing with Audits and Queries from SARS (Pre-Assessment) – 13 May 2021
The speakers will provide practical insight into dealing with some of the commonly encountered challenges in tax administration, before an assessment is issued. The management of SARS-initiated audit and information-gathering processes is crucial in generating positive outcomes for taxpayers. However, the many gaps and uncertainties in the application of the rules governing these processes give rise to issues like delayed and protracted audits, “blocked” refunds, and overly broad requests for relevant material.
In this segment, the presenters will discuss some practical tips for navigating the audit and information-gathering process, including how to narrow the scope of a request for relevant material, how to prepare for and manage in-person interactions with SARS, and identifying and protecting your legally privileged information. A few topics that will be covered during this session includes:
Penalties – 9 June 2021
The session will introduce delegates to the various types of penalties which SARS may impose in respect of income tax, VAT, and customs and excise duties, with a view to understanding and pro-actively mitigating penalty risk.
It’s important for taxpayers to understand how and when SARS is entitled to impose the different penalties provided for in the Tax Administration Act and Customs and Excise Act, and how to challenge and mitigate the different types of penalties when these are imposed, including the different timelines and criteria for remittance. The presenters will explore the nuances of each of the different types of penalty category, with a view to providing delegates with a technical and practical understanding of how not only to mitigate penalties once they have arisen, but how to proactively protect the taxpayer against the imposition of penalties. A few topics that will be covered during this session includes:
Assessments and Disputes – 15 July 2021
When SARS issues an unfavourable assessment, there are many aspects to consider in preparation for a dispute, including how to deal with the “pay-now-argue-later” rule, and what the appropriate forum for the dispute is.
In this session, our expert panel, which includes litigation practitioners and counsel, will explore the different facets of preparing for and initiating a dispute with SARS, including:
Session 1 - Tax managers/consultants and heads of tax.
Sessions 2 and 3: Tax managers/consultants, heads of tax, financial directors, accountants.
This event and successful completion of the online assessment will secure 2 hours verifiable output Tax CPD points per session.
This does not form part of the 2021 CPD subscription packages.
Per full series:
R1185.00 R1 066.50
R1425.00 R1 282.50
Company price (5 attendees maximum):
R2850.00 R2 565.00
Per session (regular price)
Other member: R475.00
Company price: R950.00
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