2018 Tax simplification: Understanding the impact of tax complexity - Seminar
Who Should Attend
Strategy officers, entrepreneurs, government officials, tax professionals

In a global world, the ease of doing business is a competitive advantage to any economy. Tax is an integral part of any business environment and understanding its complexities, the associated cost and inherent inefficiencies an imperative to a successful business. Join our panel of esteemed international and local guests as we explore why tax systems are so complex, the challenges to tax simplicity, how these complex systems have a negative impact on doing business and what are the 'low hanging fruit' interventions that government can and are implementing.


07:30 - 08:00 Registration
08:00 - 08:15 Welcome and introduction
08:15 - 08:45 Prof Annet Oguttu - Overview of tax complexity
08:45 - 09:15 John Whiting - Challenges in implementing tax simplification
09:15 - 09:45 Panel Discussion
09:45 - 10:00 Q & A
10:00 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:00 Adv Nina Olsen - Taxpayer's right to tax simplification
11:00 - 11:30 Panel Discussion
11:30 - 11:45 Q & A
11:45 - 12:15 Dr Rebone Gcabo (SARS) - Analysis of SMME and Turnover tax
12:15 - 12:45 Prof Judith Freedman - Tax complexity and SMME's
12:45 - 13:15 Panel Discussion
13:15 - 13:30 Q & A


Prof Judith Freedman FBA, Hon. CTA (Fellow), CBE
Judith is Pinsent Masons Professor of Taxation Law at the Oxford University Faculty of Law and a Fellow of Worcester College Oxford. She was one of the founders of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation and is Director of Legal Research at the Centre. Judith has published widely on tax and corporate law issues, especially on tax policy and design, tax avoidance, tax and corporate social responsibility, the relationship between law and accounting, small businesses and the use of discretion in the administration of taxation. She was a member of the Aaronson Study Group, which proposed the UK GAAR. She is joint general editor of the British Tax Review and on the editorial boards of various other journals.

John Whiting CBE, BSc, CTA (Fellow), FCA
John has been involved with taxation for over 40 years. A tax partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 25 years, he retired from the firm to join the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) as their first Tax Policy Director from 2009-13. He was asked to establish the Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) in 2010 and remained in the part-time role of Tax Director of the OTS until 2017. He has also served on the First-Tier Tax Tribunal. Awarded the OBE in 2009 for service to the tax profession, John was awarded the CBE in 2016 for his work on tax simplification. John is currently a Non-Executive Director of HMRC (where he chairs the Audit & Risk Committee) and a Board member of Revenue Scotland. He is also a director of the Taxation Disciplinary Board. He is a past President of the CIOT, a regular speaker and writer on a wide variety of taxation topics, and for many years his views on tax issues were constantly sought by both broadcast and print media.

Adv Nina Olson, National Taxpayer Advocate (NTA),
Nina is the voice of the taxpayer within the IRS and before Congress. She leads the Taxpayer Advocate Service (TAS), an independent organization inside the IRS that helps taxpayers resolve problems and works for systemic change to mitigate problems experienced by groups of taxpayers. Ms. Olson was appointed to the position of National Taxpayer Advocate in January 2001. Under her leadership, the NTA's Annual Report to Congress has become an important vehicle for change. It is one of two reports the NTA is required by statute to deliver each year, and outlines the most serious problems facing taxpayers. Prior to her appointment as the NTA, Ms. Olson founded and served as Executive Director of The Community Tax Law Project, the first independent § 501(c)(3) low income taxpayer clinic in the United States. From 1975 until 1991, she owned a tax planning and preparation firm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. An attorney licensed in Virginia and North Carolina, Ms. Olson served as the chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Taxation's Low Income Taxpayers Committee as well as the Pro Se/Pro Bono Task Force of the ABA Section of Taxation's Court Procedure Committee. She is the 1999 recipient of both the Virginia Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award and the City of Richmond Bar Association's Pro Bono Award. Ms. Olson graduated from Bryn Mawr College, cum laude, with an A.B. in Fine Arts. She received her J.D., cum laude, from North Carolina Central School of Law and her Master of Laws in Taxation, with distinction, from Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Olson has served as an adjunct professor at several law schools. Tax Analysts recently honoured Nina Olson as one of ten Outstanding Women in Tax for 2016. This recognition reflects Nina Olson's influence on the work of legislators, tax administrators and tax professionals across the globe.  

Adv Mkhawane B.Proc, LLB, LLM Tax Law, HDip Company Law, HDip Labour Law
Adv Mkhawane practised as an attorney until 1998 when he joined the South African Revenue Service (SARS) as a Manager in the legal division. He was appointed as a Regional Manager for Enforcement from 2005 until 2010 when he was admitted as an advocate of the High Court (Johannesburg Bar) where he also practiced. Adv Mkhawane's areas of expertise include tax, contracts, company law, commercial law, insolvency, personal injury, insurance, labour and administrative law. His academic background includes the following: B.Proc (Wits); LLB (Wits); LLM Tax Law (Wits); HDip Company Law (Wits); HDip Labour Law

Mamiky Leolo is the Acting Group Executive of the Macro Economic Research unit at the Tax, Customs and Excise Institute (TCEI) in SARS, responsible for forecasting the impact of macroeconomic factors on revenue and long-term taxpayer compliance trends. Her work responsibilities include managing economic and revenue analysis, revenue forecasting, publication of various Tax Statistics bulletins as well as interacting with local, regional and international institutions. Prior to joining SARS in 2002 as a Risk Specialist, she worked at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and Eskom. Mamiky studied at University of Limpopo, Wits Business School, University of Pretoria and Henley Business School.

Dr Rebone Gcabo is an executive responsible for Policy Research with Tax and Compliance and Excise Institute (TCEI) at SARS.Her role is to study the effects of changing tax, customs, and excise policies on revenue; taxpayer tax compliance levels and to study behaviours central to public policy. Before working for SARS, She worked for University of Pretoria as a lecturer in research methodology, social psychology and behavioural economics. She published chapters in books, articles and collaborated international cross cultural tax behaviour projects; she also worked for Impact Research International where she conducted national, organisational research and programmes for national and international organisations. She is a qualified Research Psychologist, with PhD in Organisational Behaviour from University of Pretoria (Golden Key Scholar); Post-graduate Diploma in Business Leadership (Unisa); Behavioural Economics Summer School (Russia School of Economics) and Women in Leadership Programme(Henley). Lilian Khumalo joined SARS in 2011 as the Senior Manager (a position she currently holds) responsible for Revenue Analysis and Forecasting relating to Large Business, she is an economist and has in the main worked for Government spanning 18 years ranging from transport economic analysis to economic regulation. She has M.A. in Economics has studied at Colorado State University, University of the Western Cape and has an interest in business strategy and holds a Post Graduate Diploma from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Prof Annet Oguttu is a professor of tax law, in the Department of Taxation, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences at the University of Pretoria. She holds a Doctorate in tax law, a Masters in tax law, LLB degree, HDip International Tax Law and a Diploma in Legal Practice. Her field of expertise is International Tax law. She authored the seminal book - “International Tax Law: Offshore Tax Avoidance in South Africa” (Juta, 2015); co-author of “Tax Law: An Introduction” (Juta, 2013) and has contributed chapters in six other tax law books. In 2013, South Africa's Minister of Finance appointed her as a member of the Davis Tax Committee to assess South Africa's tax policy framework - she chaired the “BEPS” and Corporate Tax Subcommittees. In 2012, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs enlisted her as a member of the "Expert Group to Developed a UN Course on Double Tax Treaties" and in 2015 the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa enlisted her to write the South African report on “Domestic Revenue Mobilisation in Africa”. She has been a visiting professor - lecturing international tax law and tax treaties, at the University of Johannesburg, the African Tax Institute (University of Pretoria), and at the African Tax Institute and at the Academy of Public Finance (Vienna University of Economic and Business in Austria). She is the Board President of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners; a Board member of the South African Fiscal Association and of the African Tax Research Network - based at the African Tax Administration Forum.
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Fri, 12 Oct JohannesburgThe Wanderers ClubReserve a place
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