Certificate in Tax Dispute Resolution (RSA)

Certificate in Tax Dispute Resolution (RSA)2019-09-02T08:11:15+02:00


The Certificate in Tax Dispute Resolution has been developed from the old Advanced Diploma in Tax Procedural Law offered by the International Institution for Tax and Finance.

The course is delivered over 8 months, and will give the learner an in depth look at the topics above.

The real value of the course lies in the practical knowledge shared by one of South Africa’s foremost advocates of Tax Dispute Resolution, Dr Daniel N. Erasmus.

The course is presented by Schalk Pieterse in conjunction with Dr. Erasmus.


The central aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive grounding in all aspects of dispute resolution from a taxation perspective. The course addresses the important issues within the sector, drawing out key points to ensure you gain a thorough understanding of the topics before completing the final assignment. On completion you will have a thorough understanding of the key dispute resolution principles. The programme will equip you to not only implement the general principles, but will also enable you to engage with the South African Revenue Service.

  • Expand your skills and gain knowledge in an area of considerable commercial interest which will enhance your employability potential in this area
  • Develop an in-depth and practical understanding of dispute resolution
  • Examine the latest policy developments that organisations need to deal with in an increasingly demanding regulatory environment
  • Undertake a flexible, alternative study solution to a traditional on campus programme, tailor-made for working professionals and studied 100% ONLINE
  • Improve your career prospects by gaining a high-level qualification without compromising your work commitments and gain the professional skills and practical experience that businesses are looking for today


This is a distance learning course and all notes and lecture material will be made available via the internet through the IITF Learning Virtual Learning platform. Pre-recorded lectures will be conducted on the internet via our online classroom every week, followed a week later by a live online tutorial in a fully interactive classroom to give students the opportunity to ask questions. This ensures that students are part of a unique study environment that assists with balancing already busy professional lives. All lectures and tutorials are recorded and archived, making it very easy to refer back to previous lectures, or catch up on missed lectures.


The course has its own secure website where the content can be viewed entirely online. This site offers you the option of viewing and accessing your course online and downloading and printing the materials at any location that has internet access. The site also offers access to:

  • student discussion forum
  • useful links
  • resources

The aim of the site is to offer a more flexible delivery system and to offer participants the platform to communicate with one another in a secure, dedicated environment.

  • All notes and lecture material will be made available via the internet;
  • A short assignment must be completed after each section;
  • LIVE lectures will be conducted on the internet via our Online classroom every week;
  • An exam will be written at half way through and at the end of the course;
  • Upon successful completion of this course certification will be issued to the candidate.


 – The Constitution, the Tax Administration Act and Dispute Resolution
 – Administrative law, Tax Administration Act and Dispute Resolution – Introduction
 – Administrative Justice and Access to Information – Judicial Review
 – ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution
 – Objections and Appeals
 – Rule 31 and Rule 32
 – Rule 56 – Default Judgements and non-compliance with the Rules
 – Tax Liability and Payment under the TAA and Dispute Resolution – section 200 and section 167
 – Tax Refunds/ Vat Refunds
 – Penalties
 – SARS Collections Powers and the Constitution- section 179 and related provisions
 – Tax Compliance Certificates TCC
 – Applications on Notice – Tax Court and High Court Applications
 – Assessments
 – Handling a Tax Audit and Responding to an Audit Letter of Findings – section 42
 – Procedure in the Tax Board and Tax Court


COURSE CONVENER – Dr Daniel N. Erasmus
BA (law) BProc H Dip Tax Ph.D Adv Dip Transfer Pricing EA USTax Court Practitioner and NTPI Fellow

Dr Erasmus is currently Chairman of TRM Services and is focusing on building the US
chapter of the TRM practice working closely with EAs and CPAs and their clients in
the US.

He is a US Tax Court Practitioner, EA and an International Tax Attorney – with
an excellent track record on tax cases.

Daniel has worked in the field of taxation since the 1980s and is a leading pioneer in the
advancement of developing a system of tax risk management to circumvent the
adversarial nature of tax controversies with tax authorities.

Daniel is an Adjunct Professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law and previously served as Chairman of the Law Society of South Africa’s Tax Matters Committee for more than nine years.
He has co-authored a number of books and publications and consults extensively
to international EAs, CPAs and MNEs.

HEAD LECTURER – Mr. Schalk Pieterse
Com LLB,  Adv Dip Tax (Cum Laude), ADTPL (Thomas Jefferson School of Law)

Schalk is a tax attorney and specializes in Tax Dispute resolution, Tax Board and Tax court representation, Tax debt management and negotiations, and general tax law advice restructuring.

Schalk is currently also studying his Masters degree in Tax Law and Constitutional law at NMU. Schalk lectures on Income Tax law, the Tax Administration Act, Administrative law and Constitutional law.  He is also the co-founder of Strombeck Pieterse Inc Attorneys.

Compt, GTP (SA)


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Student Induction: 14 April 2020
Course Start Date: 28 April 2020
Course End Date: 09 November 2020

* Please note that the IITF has the right to change the timing of this course, as long as they remain in line with the requirements of the necessary accreditation authorities.


  • ZAR 15,500.00 once off; or
  • Excludes prescribed books.


Enrol and Pay before 30 August 2019 and receive 25% off the cost of the course


  • Silke on Tax Administration – LexisNexis
  • Tax Intelligence (xLibris)- Prof. Daniel N. Erasmus


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  • Daniel N. Erasmus
  • Schalk Pieterse
  • Eddie Sellner


This course has been specifically designed to give attendees first hand academic and practical knowledge on dealing with Tax Dispute Resolutions.

It is aimed at the following:

  • In-house tax specialists
  • Chartered Accountants
  • Accountants & Bookkeepers
  • Payroll Specialists
  • Attorneys


  • The Certificate in Tax Dispute Resolution is NOT a qualification – on completion a certificate of attendance is issued.
  • The certificate provides 920 verifiable study hours. These hours can be used for CPD (Continuing Professional Development) points.


“Of all the courses I have done this course has been the most valuable to my career in taxation.  The practical knowledge gained from Dr Erasmus has enabled me to deal positively with all our tax dispute matters.  This course has had a significant and direct impact on how we deal with tax” . – Mr W. Vogel


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