PROGRAMME

29 SEPTEMBER 2020 WEBCAST PROGRAM

PROGRAM

TIME

 TOPIC

SPEAKER

8:00-8:10

WELCOME

Pieter Faber /Gigi Nyanin

(SAICA Senior Executive: Tax)/

(SAICA Project Director: Tax Publications and Thought Leadership)

 

8:10-8:20

INTRODUCTION

Freeman Nomvalo

(SAICA CEO)

 

SESSION 1

GENERAL:

This session will set the scene as to how taxpayer rights are catered for in the legal system, with a focus on tax, during a time of crisis.

 

8:20-8:40

Paper 1 The rule of law in a tax system when there is a disaster.

 

Questions such as whether, in a time of disaster, there is a clash between current tax provisions and the principle of fairness (as well as other rule of law principles) will be discussed.

 

Advocate Julia Boltar

 

8:40-9:00

Q&A session

Panel: Adv Boltar, SARS (Franz Tomasek), OTO, Patricia Williams

9:00-9:10

BREAK (10 mins)

 

SESSION 2

TAXPAYER RIGHTS AND REMEDIES WHEN THEY HAVE A DISASTER:

This session will focus on taxpayers’ rights and remedies in a time of disaster (eg. fires, lost documents, IT failures, crime (identity theft), pandemics) and what SARS’ expectation is of them during this time.

 

  9:10-9:30

Paper 2 Taxpayers right to action and redress against the State during a crisis

Patricia Williams

(Bowmans: Tax Partner)

 

 

  9:30-9:50

Paper 3 Legal Professional Privilege (LPP) – taxpayers right to fully disclose disputed facts in confidence to advisors during a time of a disaster?

 

Michael Honiball

(Werksmans: Partner)

 

  9:50-10:35

Q&A session

Panel: All speakers  +  SARS (Mark Kingon)  + NTC (David Warneke) + Piet Nel

10:35-11:05

PRACTICAL TIPS & REMEDIES  

 

Adv Louw + Patricia Williams + Piet Nel + SARS (Mark Kingon)

11:05-11:35

LUNCH (30 mins)

 

SESSION 3

TAXPAYER RIGHTS AND REMEDIES WHEN SARS HAS A DISASTER

This session will focus on taxpayer rights and remedies in a time when SARS experiences a disaster (SARS IT failures, pandemic, crime (refund hijack)) and what are taxpayers’ responsibilities during this time.

 

11:35-11:55

Paper 4  Lessons learnt during a time of a disaster – SARS’ perspective.

(What worked and what didn’t work and would have been done better?)

 

SARS Commissioner

 

11:55-12:15

Paper 5 –  Taxpayers Rights Matter – ensuring fairness during COVID times and beyond

Prof. Thabo Legwaila

(CEO: Office of the Tax Ombud)

 

12:15-13:00

Q&A session

All speakers + Patricia Williams + NTC (Muneer Hassan)

13:00-13:45

PRACTICAL TIPS & REMEDIES  

SARS (Mark Kingon) + Patricia Williams + NTC (Muneer Hassan)

13:45-13:55

BREAK (10 mins)

 

SESSION 4

INTERNATIONAL COMPARISONS and TAXPAYER SERVICE CHARTERS

This session will deal with how international organisations have dealt with disasters: what worked, what didn’t and what needs to still be done?

It will also touch on taxpayers’ rights and Service Charters – do they protect the rights of taxpayers, and if not, what are the alternatives?

13:55-14:35

PANEL DISCUSSION

 

 

Ireland

Dr Brian Keegan

(Chartered Accountants Ireland: Director: Public Policy & Tax)

 

 

UK

Liesl Fichardt

(Partner: Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, UK)

 

 

OECD

Peter Green

(Head: Forum on Tax Administration Secretariat: OECD)

 

 

African countries

Logan Wort

(CEO: African Tax Administration Forum(ATAF))

Lazelle Terblanche

(Chairperson: Africa Industry Tax Association)

 

USA

Nina Olson

(Executive Director: Center for Taxpayer Rights in the USA)

 

14:35-15:00

Q&A session

 

15:00-15:10

CLOSE

 

 

 

Lebo Kambule

Lebo Kambule is the founder of The Avatar Company, a marketing and virtual influencer management agency based in Johannesburg South Africa. Launched in 2018, The Avatar Company has created virtual humans that tell stories about themselves through social media. They live ordinary lives and experience what we ordinarily would experience in real life, but through the lens of a mobile phone. Lebo is also co-founder and creator of South Africa’s 1st virtual influencer, Kim Zulu. Lebo conceptualized and developed Kim Zulu in 2018 but then introduced her to the world in March of 2020 on Instagram, this then led to joining forces with Emoji Digital to further explore her possibilities around her existence.

Ayanda Thabethe

Ayanda Thabethe is a seasoned MC that has mastered the art of adapting to each organisations needs ensuring that every event she partakes in is a memorable experience. She is one of South Africa’s most followed media personalities on social media which has led her to share her voice to powerful influencer and ambassadorship campaigns which vary from social impact to lifestyle. Her pillars include but are not limited to beauty, fashion, wellness and fitness, women empowerment, travel and lifestyle. On screen Ayanda has shared the spotlight on the biggest productions in South African entertainment including South Africa’s longest running magazine show-Top Billing and is currently the newest face of Internationally acclaimed E! Entertainment as an anchor for E! Africa. Off screen Ayanda has a strong passion for education especially that of young girls which has given rise to her initiative , ‘A Beautiful Mind’ which enables students from all over the continent to make the right career choice through gathering minds and expertise from various industries to speak about their journeys in their respective careers.’

Dominic White

Dominic White is the ethical hacking director of Orange Cyberdefense, and MD of Orange Cyberdefense South Africa. He was CTO at SensePost, a 21-year-old South African-born information security consultancy, specialising in ethical hacking which was acquired by Orange Cyberdefense in 2019. He was previously a manager within the Security & Privacy Services division of Deloitte and holds an MSc from Rhodes University in the topic of computer security.

Rose Tuyeni Peter

Rose Tuyeni Peter is an economist with a deep interest in researching health systems and how they can be improved to deliver better and more equitable health outcomes. Rose joined Percept after previously working in financial inclusion and financial sector development. She holds an MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science from UCL and an MComm in Applied Economics from UCT.

Mufaro Chiwara

Mufaro Chiwara is Consultant at Percept who works on a wide range of health sector projects and problems. He has spent much of his time in the past year co-researching and understanding the telemedicine market in South Africa. Mufaro has an educational background in Actuarial Science and in Entrepreneurship, both from UCT.

Darren Langbein

Darren has been an entrepreneur for the past 10 years in the property and financial industries. He has extensive experience in management roles and has recently transitioned into the 4th Industrial Revolution, which he finds fascinating and exciting. Since 2017 he has launched three new start-ups in the telecommunications, investment and non-profit sectors. His passion for making a difference in people’s lives is what drives the type of projects he takes on. Darren is a great people’s person and has an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.