Deborah Tickle

Technical Advisor- International and Corporate Tax

KPMG in South Africa

Deborah has been with KPMG for 31 years. After qualifying as a CA she moved into the tax department and obtained her Honours in Taxation at the University of Cape Town. She has consulted in international and corporate tax since then and was appointed a Partner in 1996, and managing partner of the Cape Town tax department, in 2006. She...

Deborah was invited to join the Davies Tax Committee in July 2015 and has been an active participant in the 9 member team, co-ordinated by Judge Dennis Davies, to assess South Africa’s tax policy framework and its role in supporting the objectives of economic growth, employment creation, and development and fiscal sustainability. She has been deeply involved in the BEPS reports and Chairing the collation of the Mining Tax and Oil and Gas Tax reports.

In addition to the many articles she has written and had published over the years, she was published, her topic being controlled foreign companies) in the 2014 edition of the International Fiscal Association’s Cahiers.

Outside tax Deborah has been a member of the Red Cross Children’s Hospital Trust and Foundation’s audit committees for over 10 years.

She is married and enjoys reading, travelling for pleasure, and walking.

Deborah has been with KPMG for 31 years. After qualifying as a CA she moved into the tax department and obtained her Honours in Taxation at the University of Cape Town. She has consulted in international and corporate tax since then and was appointed a Partner in 1996, and managing partner of the Cape Town tax department, in 2006. She was seconded to KPMG in London in 1991 where she gained invaluable experience in international tax. She retired as a Partner on 31 December 2016 and now consults to the KPMG Cape Town tax division two days a week.

She has served on the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants’ Southern Region (since 1996) and National (2006 to 2014) tax committees and held the position of deputy chair of the latter committee for two years. She lectures to the Masters in International Tax and the Masters in Corporate Tax classes at UCT, and was appointed as an adjunct associate professor in 2011.

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Fiscal Citizenship and the need for Responsible Tax by taxpayers and Government for the common good of all South Africans.

In 1996 Richard Musgrave, an American economist at the University of Michigan, coined the phrase “fiscal citizenship” in a critique of the book by Lawrence Zelenak, “Learning to Love Form 1040: Two cheers for the Return-based mass income tax”. 

15 Mar 2017
3 min

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