Pietermaritzburg advocate to head up tax board

2008-09-09 00:00

Pietermaritzburg advocate Hoosen Gani has been appointed to the panel of chairpersons of the tax board.

At the age of 32, it is understood that he is one of the youngest people in the country to be appointed to this designation.

The tax board is responsible for hearing challenges by taxpayers to SARS tax assessments.

Gani explained that he will act as chief officer of the board, adding that he will have the power to confirm any assessment, decrease or even increase the amount payable by a taxpayer.

Gani told The Witness that the role enhances his current work.

“The South African tax laws provide fertile ground for disputes between SARS and taxpayers and the tax board plays a pivotal role in resolving those disputes. For the first half of this year alone, the board brought finality to a significant volume of tax disputes.”

Gani graduated from the former University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg) with B.Com, Ll.B. and Ll.M. degrees cum laude and is a practising advocate specialising in corporate litigation.

He also lectures in law part-time at the UKZN Pietermaritzburg campus.

Local tax specialist Professor Bob Williams, of UKZN, said that the tax board is a very important structure within the system for adjudicating tax disputes.

He added that appointments to this body are prestigious.

Dean of the UKZN Law Faculty, Professor Michael Cowling, added that Gani is capable of applying himself in a wide variety of areas of law, adding that he has always been a bright, hard-working and extremely reliable professional.

The appointment is for five years.

kavith@witness.co.za

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