Thought leadership starts with new and informed ideas being shared and refined with a colloquium of decision makers and open minded people. The Tax Symposium seeks to bring the public sector, private sector and academia together on a global scale in addressing current and future matters of importance in the field of taxation but through informed and researched debate and actionable proposals.
This event has its roots in its sister academic event which started in 2016 and which is jointly hosted by SAICA, the University of New South Wales, the University of Pretoria, UNISA and the University of Johannesburg. This collaboration ensures that that we are developing our local research capabilities through exposing local academics to decision makers and business leaders, both local and international, but also focussing their research efforts on the needs of society and to inform policy changes required.
Historical themes covered include VAT Systems (2016), Tax and Corruption (2017) and Tax Simplicity (2018). The outcomes of these symposia informed discussions and actions on VAT refunds and zero rating practices to approaches in increasing South Africa’s Doing Business ranking through a simplified tax system.