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June 23, 2017adminMedia

Frequently Asked Questions about SAIA membership

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Despite having implemented the new constitution in 2015, some members have questions about SAIA membership. Here are some answers to those questions frequently asked by members.

1.   Why dual membership?

According to SAIA’s Constitution, which came into effect on 1 July 2015, membership is recognised in two main categories: – individuals and SAIA practices.

  • Individual membership of SAIA is voluntary and regionally based. Members of regional institutes, who are registered as Professional or Candidate Architects, are enrolled as SAIA members through their respective Regions. Individual subscriptions comprise a Regional component and a SAIA component. Regional Institutes issue tax invoices for individual membership subscriptions, which include the individual’s SAIA portion of the subscription.
  • A SAIA practice is one that consists of at least one principal who is a member of SAIA. Status as a SAIA Practice is mandatory if an architect is a member of SAIA in their individual capacity. Such members should submit an annual declaration stating the architectural staff complement of the practice as at the 1st July in order for SAIA to calculate the applicable practice levy for the year. SAIA issues the relevant tax invoice.

2.   What is my obligation towards SACAP if I have a practice?

  • A person, or persons who operate a practice in their own name or as a partnership, a close corporation, a company or similar, must submit details of the practice name and address to SACAP within 30 days of establishing the practice.
  • If, for business reasons, a person operates more than one firm or company from the same address, each practice must be recorded with SACAP.
  • If a firm or company has more than one office, each branch office must be recorded with SACAP.
  • Joint ventures set up by two or more practices for a specific venture do not necessarily constitute a practice, unless it is recorded with SACAP as a separate practice entity.
  • This listing of architectural practices is updated on a continual basis by SACAP in accordance with the regulations.

3.   What is a SAIA practice?

  • Every SACAP recorded practice, and where at least one principal is an Architect Member of SAIA, is deemed to be a SAIA practice.

4.   Who is an employee?

  • An employee is a person employed by the practice and includes persons on performance-based term contracts and part-time staff.
  • An employee is defined in the Income Tax Act (1962) and the Skills Development Levies Act in more detail but, simply put, it includes persons whose remuneration is subject to Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) contributions.

5.   What is the architectural staff complement?

  • The total number of architectural staff in a practice is determined by the number of principals and architectural (architects, technologist and draughts persons) employees.

6.   What are the annual subscriptions and levies for 2017/18?

6.1  The SAIA (SA Institute of Architects) component for individual membership is:(Regional Institutes issue tax invoices for individual membership subscriptions which include the individual’s SAIA portion of the subscription.)

Subs per year Subs per month
Category VAT Excl. VAT VAT Incl. VAT Excl. VAT VAT Incl.
Architect Member 876-00 122-64 998-64 73-00 10.22 83-22
Retired Member 378-00 52-92 430-92 31-50 4-41 35-91
Candidate Member 408-00 57-12 465-12 34-00 4-76 38-76

6.2   The SAIA practice levies for 2018 will be calculated on a sliding scale as per a practice levy calculator, starting at R1, 430-00 (Vat Excl.) per year for a single practitioner. (SAIA issues the relevant tax invoice.)

Subs per Arch Staff Subs per Practice
Category VAT Excl. VAT VAT Incl. VAT Excl. VAT VAT Incl.
1 1,430-00 200-20 1,630-20 1,430-00 200-20 1,630-20
2 1,430-00 200-20 1,630-20 2,860-00 400-40 3,260-40
3 1.430-00 200-20 1,630-20 4,290-00 600-60 4,890-60
4 1,430-00 200-20 1,630-20 5,720-00 800-80 6,520-80
5 1,430-00 200-20 1,630-20 7,150-00 1,001-00 8,151-00
6 1,375-00 192-50 1,567-50 8,250-00 1,155-00 9,405-00
7 1,342-00 187-88 1,529-88 9,394-00 1,315-16 10,709-16
8 1,320-00 184-80 1,504-80 10,560-00 1,478-40 12,038-40
9  1,298-00 181-72 1,479-72 11,682-00 1.635-48 13,317-48
10 1,276-00 178-64 1,454-64 12,760-00 1,786-40 14,546-40
11 1,254-00 175-56 1,429.56 13,794-00 1,931-16 15,725-16
12 1,243-00 174-02 1,417-02 14,916-00 2,088-24 17,004-24
13 1,232-00 172-48 1,404-48 16,016-00 2,242-24 18,258-24
14 1,221-00 170-94 1,391-94 17,094-00 2,393-16 19,487-16
15 1,210-00 169-40 1,379-40 18,150-00 2,541-00 20,691-00
16 1,199-00 167-86 1,366-86 19,184-00 2,685-76 21,869-76
17 1,193-50 167-09 1,360-59 20,289-50 2,840-53 23,130-03
18 1,188-00 166-32 1,354-32 21,384-00 2,993-76 24,377-76
19 1,182-50 165-55 1,348-05 22,467-50 3,145-45 25,612-95
20 1,177-00 164-78 1,341-78 23,540-00 3,295-60 26,835-60
21 1,171-50 164-01 1,335-51 24,601-50 3,444-21 28,045-71
22 1,166-00 163-24 1,329-24 25,652-00 3,591-28 29,243-28
23 1,160-50 162-47 1,322-97 26,691-50 3,736-81 30,428-31
24 1,158-00 162-12 1,320-12 27,792-00 3,890-88 31,682-88
25 1,155-00 161-70 1,316-70 28,875-00 4,042-50 32,917-50
26 1,153-00 161-42 1,314-42 29,978-00 4,196-92 34,174-92
27 1,150-00 161-00 1,311-00 31,050-00 4,347-00 35,397-00
28 1,146-00 160-44 1,306-44 32,088-00 4,492-32 36,580-32
29 1,144-00 160-16 1,304-16 33,176-00 4,644-64 37,820-64
30 1,141-00 159-74 1,300-74 34,230-00 4,792-20 39,022-20
31 1,138-50 159-39 1,297-89 35,293-50 4,941-09 40,234-59
32 1,135-00 158-90 1,293-90 36,320-00 5,084-80 41,404-80
33 1,133-00 158-62 1,291-62 37,389-00 5,234-46 42,623-46
34 1,130-00 158-20 1,288-20 38,420-00 5,378-80 43,798-80
35 1,129-00 158-06 1,287-06 39,515-00 5,532-10 45,047-10
36 1,127-50 157-85 1,285-35 40,590-00 5,682-60 46,272-60
37 1,125-00 157-50 1,282-50 41,625-00 5,827-50 47,452-50
38 1,124-00 157-36 1,281-36 42,712-00 5,979-68 48,691-68
39 1,123-00 157-22 1,280-22 43,797-00 6,131-58 49,928-58
40 1,122-00 157-08 1,279-08 44,880-00 6,283-20 51,163-20
41 1,120-00 156-80 1,276-80 45,920-00 6,428-80 52,348-80
42 1,119-00 156-66 1,275-66 46,998-00 6,579-72 53,577-72
43 1,118-00 156-52 1,274-52 48,074-00 6,730-36 54,804-36
44 1,116-50 156-31 1,272-81 49,126-00 6,877-64 56,003-64
45 1,115-00 156-10 1,271-10 50,175-00 7,024-50 57,199-50
46 1,114-00 155-96 1,269-96 51,244-00 7,174-16 58,418-16
47 1,113-00 155-82 1,268-82 52,311-00 7,323-54 59,634-54
48 1,112-00 155-68 1,267-68 53,376-00 7,472-64 60,848-64
49 1,111-00 155-54 1,266-54 54,439-00 7,621-46 62,060-46
50 1,110-00 155-40 1,265-40 55,500-00 7,770-00 63,270-00
51 1,110-50 155-47 1,265-97 56,635-50 7,928-97 64,564-47
52 1,109-00 155-26 1,264-26 57,668-00 8,073-52 65,741-52
53 1,108-00 155-12 1,263-12 58,724-00 8,221-36 66,945.36
54 1,107-00 154-98 1,261-98 59,778-00 8,368-92 68,146-92
55 1,106-50 154-91 1,261-41 60,857-50 8,520-05 69,377-55
56 1,106-00 154-84 1,260-84 61,936-00 8,671-04 70,607-04
57 1,105-50 154-77 1,260-27 60,013-50 8,821-89 71,835-39
58 1,105-00 154-70 1,259-70 64,090-00 8,972-60 73,062-60
59 1,104-00 154-56 1,258-56 65,136-00 9,119-04 74,255-04
60 1,103-00 154-42 1,257-42 66,180-00 9,265-20 75,445-20
61 1,102-50 154-35 1,256-85 67,252-50 9,415-35 76,667-85
62 1,102-00 154-28 1,256-28 68,324-00 9,565-36 77,889-36
63 1,101-50 154-21 1,255-71 69,394-50 9,715-23 79,109-73
64 1,101-00 154-14 1,255-14 70,464-00 9,864-96 80,328-96
65 1,100-50 154-07 1,254-57 71,532-50 10,014-55 81,547-05
> 65 1,100-00 154-00 1,254-00 72,600-00 10,164-00 82,764-00

7.How should one calculate the SAIA Practice Levy if one operates more than one practice?

  • It is recommended that the principal employer of the practice identifies each architectural staff member in its employ in order to calculate the size of a specific practice.
  • Principals should be included in the calculation of each practice, but it is unlikely that staff will be employed by two practices at the same time.
  • We rely on members to reflect the staff details in their annual declarations.

8.How should one calculate the subs of a practice which is formed during the year?

  • Practices which are formed during the financial year must submit the particulars of the practice within 30 days and the practice will only be responsible for a pro rata portion of the annual subscriptions.

9.If membership is voluntary, why can’t members choose whether to join either as an individual or as a SAIA Practice?

  • Individual membership of a regional institute and subsequently, that of SAIA is voluntary.
  • Status as a SAIA Practice is mandatory when at least one principal is a member of SAIA.
  • There is no provision in the Constitution for independent SAIA Practice Membership.

 

Esther van Tonder
Executive: Finance and Human Resources