History of the Department

There is a well known saying that “nothing is certain but death and taxes”. Recently somebody adjusted this saying to “nothing is certain but death, taxes and change”. Change was also true for the previous School of Financial Sciences and these changes resulted on 1 January 2002 in the establishment of the first independent Department of Taxation at a South African university. Before 2002 taxation was merely a subdiscipline of accounting, basically just a teaching module that falls under the accounting umbrella. The Department of Taxation was established with the objective of developing the discipline of taxation, of contributing to different professional programmes and focusing on research. With all this in mind the Department of Taxation was born.

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