Tara Smith

Director

KPMG in South Africa

Tara is the service line leader for the Reporting, Accounting and Assurance Services business unit. This unit provides technical accounting and assurance support to KPMG’s staff and clients and also provides accounting advisory services to clients. She is also the technical liaison partner and advisor on a number of key KPMG audit and non-audit clients, specialising in Financial Services. Tara started in this role in 2000 and became a partner in 2006. She was the technical advisor on a number of conversion projects from SA GAAP to IFRS, ranging from full IFRS conversions to implementation of new standards. Tara has extensive experience in accounting presentations to KPMG staff and clients on IFRS. Tara has presented various training courses and workshops in South Africa and internationally, which includes countries in the rest of Africa and the Middle East. In the past few years, Tara has assisted with the presentation of SIACA’s annual update country-wide.

Areas of expertise

Accounting standards Adoption of IFRS Assurance Audit Banking Financial Services Public Policy and Regulatory Change Telecommunications

Education and qualifications

  • CA (SA)

  • BComm Accounting (Honours)

Accreditation

  • Member of the IFRS 9 Implementation Group

  • The African representative on KPMG’s global Financial Instruments Topic Team

  • Member of the KPMG international topic team

  • RAAS Managing Partner

Clients

  • Standard Bank

  • Investec Bank

  • Peregrine

  • Transnet

  • MTN

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