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Third party access to working papers

A guide for business accountants on how respond when SARS and other regulatory bodies request access to your working papers.

R 475
Category Law
Accredited SAIBA
CPD Hours 2
Effort 2 Hours
Duration 2 Hours
Format Webinar
Level Moderate
Assessment Yes
Supervised No
Pre-Entry No
Tuition Mandatory
Study Material No

What you will learn

By the end of this webinar members should be able to understand:  

  • Privacy obligations in terms of working papers.   
  • Rights and obligations in respect of working papers; 
  • The rights of the state to access your working papers. 
  • How to handle a request for access to working papers. 

Study Units

Client's right to confidentiality

Third parties' right to personal information

When and how to deny access

Circumstances where access should be granted to third parties:

  • Access required in terms of: 
    • The Tax Administration Act; 
    • The Companies Act; 
    • POPI Act; 
    • Court proceedings; 
    • SAPS/ Hawks investigations; 
    • CIPC requirements; and  
    • Other authorities.   
  • Access required in compliance with: 
    • International Standards; 
    • IRBA; 
    • Professional Bodies; and 
    • SAIBA. 

Access required by internal staff and successor practitioners.

Access requested in terms of contractual agreements

Potential risks when granting access


  1. There are no preconditions for this course.   
  2. Moderate level. 
  3. Recorded webinar made available on a specified date 


The following members will benefit from attending this webinar: 

  1. Business Accountants in Practice (SA). 
  2. Business Accountants (SA). 
  3. Certified Business Accountants (SA); 
  4. Accounting support staff. 


Preparing financial statements for clients requires that members keep a working paper file. This file records the assumptions made and confirmations of amounts as reflected in the financial statements.  

These reflections and confirmations are based on information provided to the business accountant by the client. Under limited circumstances regulatory agencies may access the members working papers in order to build a case against a client in the event of underpayment of taxes, or non complianceThese third parties include SARS, CIPC, professional bodies, SAPS, the Hawks or the client's attorneys.  

This webinar explains the circumstances under which it is lawful, reasonable and procedurally fair for regulatory agencies to obtain clients' personal information, from the business accountant. It is important that every accounting/ tax practitioner protects their clients' information while at the same time they are complying with relevant legislation such as the POPI Act.   


The following pricing apply: 

  • Ad hoc: R475.00  
  • Subscription: Not applicable


This webinar will be available from 15 May 2020. 


Nestene Clausen CA(SA) 

Nestene completed her (Hons) at North West University in 2012. In 2014 she completed her professional articles and her Masters Degree and is a qualified CA(SA) 

Nestene has lectured on the audit programme at the University of Cape Town. She successfully helped to establish a branch for Real Time Accounting in Tableview where her role was to evaluate, improve & implement a brand building & marketing strategy for the RTA brand. After this stint at RTA, Nestene started her own audit, tax & accounting practice which she has since grown into a reputable firm in the Tableview area with 60 clients and two staff members. 


By attending this webinar, you will be provided with:  

  • Summarised slide presentation 
  • Reference documents and / or course material where available 
  • Access to a technical knowledge base


This event is included in the following subscription packages. If you are not a subscriber, you need to purchase as a stand-alone event. 

Accountant in Practice: No

Accountant in Practice plus tax: No

Bookkeeper: No

Quickupdate: No 

IFRS for SME's: No


Subscribers pay less for their CPD points. SAIBA offers 4 subscription packages that provides access to everything to run a successful accounting and tax practice. Pay a small monthly amount and gain access to monthly webinars covering ethics, financials, reporting, audit and assurance, working papers, law, technology, management topics, and tax. 

Click here to choose your subscription option.