Erich Bell

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Director, Werksmans Tax Pty (Ltd)

Location: Johannesburg

Tel: +27 11 535 8250

Fax: +27 11 535 8612



Erich Bell is a Director in the Tax practice area. He specialises in international corporate tax; domestic corporate tax advisory; and South African exchange control. Erich advises on international tax planning for corporates – including foreign-controlled companies; double tax agreements; offshore acquisition financing structures; foreign structures; foreign trusts; and transfer pricing and thin capitalisation. He is also experienced in mergers & acquisitions; reorganisations of corporate entities; and share scheme formation and tax advice.

  • Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE)
  • Tax
  • International corporate tax advisory
  • Domestic corporate tax advisory
  • South African exchange control


  • International tax planning for corporates including:
  • Controlled foreign companies
  • Double tax agreements
  • Offshore acquisition financing structuring
  • Foreign trusts
  • Transfer pricing and thin capitalisation
  • Mergers, acquisitions and reorganisations of corporate entities
  • Share scheme formation and tax advice


  • B Com Taxation (University of Pretoria)
  • B Com (Honours) Taxation (cum laude) (University of Pretoria)
  • M Com Taxation (cum laude) (University of Pretoria) 
  • 2016: Associate, Werksmans
  • 2018: Senior Associate, Werksmans
  • 2019: Director, Werksmans Tax Pty(Ltd)
  • Erich received numerous academic awards and accolades for his academic achievements in the field of taxation, including qualifying as the top student in the following taxation modules at the University of Pretoria: BEL213, BEL770, BEL790, BEL875, BEL876, BEL877 and BEL878.
  • He also qualified as the overall top student for M Com Taxation at the University of Pretoria and received the Dean's Merit List Award in 2017 for outstanding academic achievement.