Or face being deregistered and barred from practicing, says Moneyweb.

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) has been taking steps to “align” tax practitioners with the law that regulates those who advise or assist taxpayers with their tax matters.

Sars Commissioner Edward Kieswetter confirmed this week that it has started with the deregistration of non-compliant tax practitioners.

“We have come across tax practitioners and tax preparers who often aid and abet taxpayers to either overstate expenses or under-declare income,” he said on the sidelines of a media briefing on Tuesday.

Read: Concern about non-compliant tax practitioners

Once a tax practitioner has been deregistered they will no longer be allowed to give advice or submit returns on behalf of taxpayers. If it is a sole practitioner this may require the taxpayer to take their tax matters to a new practitioner.

Industry bodies such as the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (Sait) and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (Saica) confirmed that their members have been receiving letters from Sars about non-compliance.

Beatrie Gouws, head of stakeholder management and strategic development at Sait, says Sars has been pursuing tax practitioners whose own returns are not up to date or who have unpaid debts with Sars. Read more on Accounting Weekly.