How can I become a tax technician?

When we think about professionals in the financial sector, typically chartered accountants or financial advisors come to mind.

But there are many career opportunities in this field. For example there are employment options in insurance, investment, auditing and banking to name a few.

The area of tax is also gaining more traction as people explore some of the more unconventional professions in finance. Yet few people know about or understand the role of the tax technician.

What is a Tax Technician?

A tax technician is able to provide tax compliance services by preparing and submitting tax returns, reviewing completed tax records and verifying and availing source documents, according to SAQA.

This service has become increasingly important in South Africa due to complex tax legislation and administrative processes.

"The development of the Tax Technician occupational qualification for the South African tax profession was initiated by the (SAIT) during 2012, in collaboration with the Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO)," reports the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT).

Where can I get training?

Credo Business College specialises in providing quality financial training. Individuals who want to pursue tax-related qualifications can choose from one of the following course options:

1. Intela 3 - Occupational Certificate: Tax Technician NQF 6

The Intela 3 training programme is an exciting new opportunity for people who work in a financial environment and are seeking to become tax practitioners

Successful graduates will receive a University of Pretoria Certificate Programme: Graduate programme in the Module of Basic Taxation, an NQF 6 Occupational Certificate Tax Technician and SAIT membership and the designation of Tax Technician in South Africa.

2. Phambili - Occupational Certificate: Tax Technician NQF 6

The Phambili training programme is a vital opportunity for registered or suspended tax practitioners who need to upskill their NQF level in line with SARS requirements.

Through this course professionals can earn an NQF 6 Occupational Certificate Qualification (Tax Technician) as well as SAIT membership and the designation of Tax Technician in SA.

Both programmes run from 1 March 2019 to 31 March 2020. Applications close Monday 25 February 2019.

For more information or to apply visit the Credo Business College website

By Cindy Payle - Portal Publishing