Professional Tax Technician (SA)



A Professional Tax Technician (SA) can:

  • Register with SARS as a Tax Practitioner in terms of the new Tax Administration Act
  • Register Individuals for Income Tax purposes
  • Prepare and file Income Tax returns through SARS e-filing
  • Do VAT registrations
  • Do PAYE registrations
  • Prepare Basic VAT returns
  • Prepare Basic PAYE returns
  • Basic notice of objections for all tax types
  • All tax registrations
  • Applying for TCCs Check Tax Compliance Status (TCS) for taxpayers
  • Attend to SMEs without complex transactions
  • Attend to enquiries as support for Tax Professionals


Standard: To qualify as a Professional Tax Technician (SA), an individual needs to comply with all the academic, practical and assessment requirements specified below.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL): Individuals who have acquired sufficient technical knowledge and practical competencies can qualify through a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process. The RPL process considers work experience and skills gained before, during or after academic studies, and both formal and informal learning is measured, mediated for recognition, and certified against the SAIPA Competency Framework.

Academic Requirements

  • National Diploma in Taxation, or passed second year of a Commerce degree with Taxation as a major, and
  • At least Accounting 2

Practical requirements

  • 18 Months or more of verifiable practical experience in a tax environment, or
  • Four years of verifiable practical experience in a tax environment and apply for RPL


Pass the written SAIPA CoTE Professional Tax Assessment.

Unique benefits

Entry to the SAIPA development pathway. The level of experience and competence may provide mobility and articulation opportunities for members across SAIPA designations.

Access to member benefits.

Registration/Recognition status

Trade marked


Additional optional specialisations available

A Professional Tax Technician (SA) in good standing can apply for other SAIPA designations or specialisations subject to meeting relevant requirements.