Tax Official

Tax officials work for the South African Revenue Services (SARS) and perform a variety of duties depending on the capacity in which they are employed.


The main directorates on Revenue Services are to perform the following tasks within the Department of Finance: collection of taxes, the development of a stable tax structure within the framework of economic circumstances, the creation of local services, as well as the determination of a policy whereby laws pertaining to tax income and other taxes can be interpreted.

Revenue Services offer their officials the opportunity to follow careers as revenue clerks or taxation officers. These are two different occupational classes, each with a distinctive character.

Revenue Clerk: This entails working in Registry and the Cash Office. Salary affairs are edited and enquiries dealt with. These tasks are more complicated than regular clerical work. Revenue clerks must have knowledge of the tax laws.

Tax officer: In many cases the tasks of the officers and clerks are similar. The following functions of the tax officer can be distinguished:


  • Assessment: Tax assessors must determine the taxable income of individuals and companies according to their tax returns. He must be resourceful and take the initiative in detecting cases where individuals and/or companies try to evade taxes. Parliamentary legislation and courts assist him.

  • Tax collection: The collection of, and accountability for taxes are sensitive matters. Collectors have wide powers, which demand judiciousness and prudence. The official must therefore enjoy working with people and money.

  • Auditing: In cases arousing suspicion, income and tax records are thoroughly inspected and audited to determine if and where tax is being evaded. To the thoroughly trained and experienced officials this type of work offers a challenge, because they have to test their ingenuity against that of attorneys in some cases.

  • Legal interpretation: A major part of these officials’ duties is concerned with the execution and interpretation of tax legislation. There are a number of areas in this field where persons who are interested in legal application will thrive.

  • Administration: To administer and manage tax collection successfully, Revenue Services require officials who are interested in the application of moral science.

  • Data processing: The Revenue Services is a leader in the field of data processing in South Africa and utilises sophisticated computer and telecommunication systems.


Note: For more information also refer to the alphabetical list of occupations to find the job descriptions of: Accountant, Chartered Accountant, Internal Auditor, Customs & Excise Officer.


Employment


  • SA Revenue Service

  • self-employment, after qualifying as a CA and gaining relevant experience in tax consulting, possibly with Management Consultants orAuditing Firms, you can set up your own practice as a tax consultant


Getting Started


  • try to obtain vacation or part-time work with a tax consultant

  • arrange to speak to tax officials about this type of career and ask permission to observe them at work


Programmes

Abm University College, Adventist University of Central Africa, Alliance International University, Arthur Portland College, BA ISAGO University College, Bindura University of Science Education, Boland TVET College, Botho University, Botswana Accountancy College, Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning, Catholic University College of Ghana, Cavendish University, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , CTU, Damelin, DMI-St.Eugene University, Durban Computer College, Durban University of Technology , Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Garden City University College, Gideon Roberts University, Great Zimbabwe University, Helderberg College NPC, ICESA City Campus, Imperial School Of Business and Science, Institute of Applied Sciences, Institute of Development Management, International School of Business and Technology (Isbat), International Training College ? Lingua (ITCL), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Tanzania), Kenneth Kaunda Metropolitan University, Kenya Methodist University, Kenyatta University, Kepler Kigali, Kibabii University, Kigali Independent University, Kirinyaga University College, Kwame Nkrumah University, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Livingston International University of Tourism, Lovedale Public TVET College, Lyceum College, Machakos University College, Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA), Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Methodist University College Ghana, Motheo TVET College, Mount Kenya University, Mzumbe University, Namibia University of Science and Technology, National University of Lesotho, National University of Science & Technology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Nile Institute of Management Studies Arua, Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Production Management Institute of Southern Africa, Regenesys Management, Regent Business School, Regent University College of Science & Technology, Rosebank College, Rusangu University, Solusi University, Strathmore University, Team University, Technical University of Kenya, Tom Mboya University College, Trinity University, Tshwane North TVET College, Uganda Catholic Management and Training Institute, Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda Technology and Management University, United States International University, University for Development Studies, University of Botswana, University of Cape Coast, University of Eldoret, University of Kigali, University of Lusaka, University of Mauritius, University of Namibia, University of South Africa, University of Stellenbosch, University of Swaziland, University of Technology and Arts of Byumba, University of Technology Mauritius, University of Zambia, Valley University of Science and Technology, Valley View University, Vuselela TVET College, Web-Info-Net Institute of Technology, YMCA Comprehensive Institute, Zambia Catholic University, Zimbabwe Open University


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