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:
Compulsory subjects: Mathematics (only required for a BCom degree)
Recommended subjects: Commercially related subjects such as Accounting, Business Studies, Economics
Students must pass a National Senior Certificate meeting degree requirements for a degree course
In addition, each university has its own Admission Points Score (APS) requirements for each course.
Degree: BCom, BA, BAdmin with the following subjects: Accounting, Economics, Business Economics. Internal Auditing - Wits, UNISA.
Taxation - Monash, UNISA
Diploma: Taxation - CPUT, CUT, DUT and VUT.
South African Revenue Service offers in-service training at six different centres throughout the country. Tests and examinations must be completed successfully. Certificates for each course are issued.
Note: To be appointed as a senior tax officer, the applicant must have a CA (SA) or equivalent qualification, plus completed clerkship, as prescribed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.
The various colleges, universities and universities of technology listed above
The South African Institute of Tax Practitioners
P O Box 73
South African Revenue Services (SARS)
The Appointment Section: Personnel
P O Box 402
Tel: (012) 315-5111