– by Noluthando Makhaza
“Knowledge is power” is a popular proverb by Francis Bacon which refers to the knowledge that will always remain with a person, a true power. Fundamentally, knowledge has to be applied in order for it to possess the power to influence and instil the desired difference. Recently at UKZN Extended Learning, we hosted our first ever free SARS (South African Revenue Services) workshop aimed at educating final year students about the importance of income tax compliance as they will soon be required to comply with the SARS Act requirements as they enter the working world.
Facilitating the two-hour workshop was Mr Martin Naidoo – a trainer from Branch Operations Engagement in KZN at the South African Revenue Services. Having worked at SARS for the past 11 years, Martin is extremely knowledgeable about various tax procedures including Income Tax, VAT, PAYE and E-filing. Martin doesn’t only offer his services to individuals, but also to practitioners, government and small businesses.
The session was incredibly informative and was not only attended by students, but also by some of the UKZN support staff and UKZN alumni who now run their own small businesses. They all shared their past experiences on the SARS processes as they sought for more clarity going forward.
UEL aims to provide continuous education through such workshops and will continue to do so in order to benefit our communities.