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Deloitte sets up dedicated Tax Dispute Resolution & Controversy Management Unit

Johannesburg, 12 August 2013 - Multinational organisations continue to spend more time and resources managing tax controversies in both local and overseas markets. Tax authorities are sharing information about companies and increasingly focusing on implementation failure and motive for tax practices, rather than purely on technical merit, says Nazrien Kader, National Taxation Services Leader at professional services firm Deloitte.

It is with this in mind that Deloitte has taken the decision to establish the Tax Dispute Resolution & Controversy Management business unit within Taxation Services. This will be headed up by Patricia Williams, a Chartered Accountant (SA) and admitted attorney with considerable specialist experience in this area (Patricia is a former partner of Webber Wentzel Attorneys).

Focusing predominantly on client tax matters in dispute, Patricia’s role within the new business unit will provide assistance on the following:

  • Managing the tax dispute resolution process to facilitate compliance with the complex interpretation and deadlines imposed by various tax-related laws and regulations;
  • Negotiated settlements with SARS to bring about speedier and mutually beneficial resolutions of tax disputes;
  • Assisting clients and fellow tax professionals within Deloitte with tax dispute matters;
  • Disputing the retrospective application of ‘new regime’ penalties to incidents of alleged non-compliance before 1 October 2012;
  • Issuing Tax Administration Act compliant opinions on controversial issues, to minimise the application of future penalties and;
  • Providing recommendations on specific controls and procedures to implement so as to avoid falling within impermissible behaviour categories, and minimising future penalties that may be applicable.

“We are thrilled to have Patricia on board and dedicated to addressing the increasingly complex area of Tax Dispute Resolution and Controversy Management,” says Kader.

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