Johan van der Walt

Associate Director

KPMG in South Africa

Johan joined KPMG SA in March 2014 as Head: Dispute Resolution and Tax Controversy. Johan joined SARS in 1998 as a tax lawyer (later senior tax lawyer), representing SARS in tax appeals before the Tax Court. In 2000 he was appointed AGM: Litigation, managing SARS's overall tax litigation division. He subsequently moved to a Senior Specialist role where he was closely involved in the analysis of tax planning arrangements, the application of the general anti-avoidance rules ("GAAR") and the subsequent settlement negotiations of complex, high-value tax disputes. During a sabbatical in 2008 he worked in the Aggressive Tax Planning unit of the Australian Tax Office in Canberra. Before leaving SARS, he was instrumental in initiating and launching the 2010 Voluntary Disclosure Program. Having spent 13 years with SARS, Johan has extensive experience regarding: tax dispute resolution processes (both Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) as well as tax litigation); SARS's application of the GAAR; the preparation and submission of VDP applications; the negotiation and resolution of complex tax disputes; the Tax Administration Act, 2011. Upon leaving SARS Johan was appointed as director in the Tax Department of DLACliffeDekkerHofmeyr (June 2011). Chambers Global 2013 ranked Johan in Band 3 Tax and in October 2013 he was included in Best Lawyers in South Africa in the practice area of Tax Law (refer BestLawyers.com)..

Areas of expertise

Disputes Tax Tax Dispute Resolution and Controversy Transfer Pricing

Education and qualifications

  • B.Com, LLB (cum laude)

  • LLM (Tax)

  • Higher Diploma in International Tax (cum laude)

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