|Photograph Russell Roberts (2013)|
An advocate as well as a Chartered Accountant (S.A.), Beric has more than 30 years of experience and specialises in the area of tax law, advising clients on taxpayer’s rights, income tax, Value-Added Tax, PAYE and other fiscal statutes, the tax consequences of foreign investments and represents clients in their dealings with the South African Revenue Service (SARS).
Beric received his PhD degree from the University of Cape Town in 2008. His thesis dealt with issues relating to constitutional law, taxpayers’ rights and the powers of SARS. This thesis won the doctoral category of the Deneys Reitz Tax Thesis Competition 2009 and was also recognised by the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners as being the best contribution to South African Tax Jurisprudence in 2009.
Beric is the author of the seminal tax work Taxpayers' Rights in South Africa (Juta, 2010). This pioneering book was based on his PhD thesis and, as Street Smart Taxpayers, co-authored with his wife, South African poet and author, Judy Croome, has also been published as a practical guide for the ordinary South African taxpayer.
Beric is co-author of "Tax Administration (Second Edition)" with Professor Lynette Olivier, and was the managing editor and a contributing author of "Tax Law:An Introduction". In the Canadian textbook, “Tax Litigation,” (edited by David W. Chodikoff and published by The European Lawyer, a division of Thomson Reuters (UK), 2013), Beric is the co-contributor of the chapter on South African tax.
Regularly quoted in the press, Beric comments on tax issues and is the author of many articles such as the “Tax Bites” column in Business Day (2008 to date); the column “Dear SARS” in Accountancy SA (2006 to 2008), the University of Cape Town’s law journal, Acta Juridica (2002); “The Fiscal File” (co-authored 2004 to 2007) and was the South African branch reporter for the International Fiscal Association in both 1999 (Subject 1 "Non-profit Organizations") and 2015 (Subject 2 - "The Practical Protection of Taxpayers' Rights").
Beric is a member of the editorial panel of The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants’ (“SAICA’s”) tax publication, Integritax (2003 to date). In 2013, he was appointed as chair of SAICA’s Tax Administration sub-committee, having chaired the National Tax Committee of SAICA from 1999 to 2002.. Beric serves on the National Tax Policy committee of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners. He also sits on the technical committee of the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (2008 to date) and is the former Vice-Chair of the South African Chamber of Business Taxation Committee (1997 to 1998).
An experienced conference speaker, Beric was a panelist for the International Fiscal Association's 2015 conference in Basel, Switzerland, and spoke on the practical protection of taxpayers' rights. In 2014, he was a presenter at the University of Cape Town's conference "100 years of Income Tax in South Africa." The conference papers, including his paper "The Shift to a Constitutional Democracy in 1994 and the impact thereof on tax law in South Africa," will be published in late 2015.
Beric is also an occasional lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand and at the University of South Africa (UNISA.) He is currently co-supervising a doctoral thesis for the University of the Western Cape.
Beric is listed in “Who’s Who” of Southern Africa (2004 to date); in “Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (2006 to date); the inaugural “Best Lawyers in the speciality of Tax” list in South Africa; and the Tax Directors Handbook (2008 to date) where he is ranked as one of the five best tax advisers in South Africa. He is also listed in the “Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisors” (2006 to date) and was a nominee for the University of the Witwatersrand Convocation Honour Award for his contribution to commerce and industry (2002).
•BCom (University of Cape Town)
•CTA (University of Cape Town)
•Higher Diploma in Tax Law (cum laude) (University of the Witwatersrand)
•Doctor of Philosophy (Commercial Law) (University of Cape Town)
•Admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa
I am married to author Judy Croome.