Ongoing tax changes and the aggressive stance of the South African Revenue Service have elevated tax law in South Africa to a highly specialised area of practice. At Werksmans, our tax lawyers rank among the world’s best and regularly receive global recognition for their outstanding services. The team is able to respond swiftly and efficiently to South African and international tax matters. These highly-skilled individuals have many years’ experience in consulting to the commercial sector and can provide integrated advice and assistance on a wide range of local or international tax issues.

UNRIVALLED EXPERTISE IN PROVIDING COMPREHENSIVE, UP-TO-DATE TAX ADVICE

Our tax lawyers remain ever responsive to the vast changes in tax law, especially over the last two decades, which resulted in a sophisticated tax system, the complexity of which increases annually with comprehensive amendments. These cover multiple aspects such as evolving corporate restructuring rules; tax rules affecting financial instruments; local and international estate planning, cross-border dealing, and so on. The tax practice team’s focus is on assisting corporates and high-net-worth individuals who seek comprehensive, up-to-date tax advice. Services range from consulting on the tax aspects of clients’ commercial dealings to interacting on their behalf with the tax authorities, whether in seeking rulings and other dispensations on their behalf, or in dealing with disputes. Our tax lawyers are skilled in handling objections to assessments, settlement negotiations, appeals in the Tax Court and High Court, and alternative dispute resolution processes.

Special areas of expertise include the tax aspects of commercial activities such as mergers and acquisitions (M&A); private equity and black economic empowerment transactions; and corporate re-organisations. The team has a well-established track record In terms of international tax services, handling matters related to inward and outward investment and offshore structuring, taking into account the exchange control implications thereof.

Advice and dispute resolution is also offered on other areas of tax, such as VAT, estate duty and securities transfer tax.

Click here to read the South African chapter of the 2012/13 PLC Multi-Jurisdictional Guide on Taxation.

Click here to read the South African chapter of the “2012 Financier Worldwide Global Tax Annual Review”.

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