Hugo Van Zyl

Exchange Control & Master Tax Practitioner (SA)

Breytenbach Cross Border Advisory
Stellenbosch, South Africa

Advisory Firm -Tax, Exchange Control, Migration

Professional Summary

With more than 20 years of experience a Chartered Accountant and a specialist in South African , cross border, expatriate tax as well as on international tax, cross-border trade and financial emigration, based between Stellenbosch and the Paarl, or the Agter Paarl or Cape Winelands, just outside Cape Town in the Western Cape, South Africa

Hugo holds the following professional registrations with:
Chartered Accountant through the SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) member 00251094 (nearly 30 years); and
SARS as Registered Tax Practitioner ( PR-0017096;
Master Tax Practitioner South Africa) through the South African Institute of Tax Practitioners (

Hugo is also a full STEP member as a TEP member in Cape Ton South Africa.

Hugo obtained both his B.Com (Accounting) and M.Com (Tax) from the University of Pretoria (TUKS student number 8235198) and he is proud “Oud-Taaibosser”, having been resident in Taaibos during his undergraduate studies. Hugo obtained his Honours in Accounting and Auditing from UNISA (University of South Africa) in Pretoria.

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  • English
  • Dutch
  • Afrikaans

Industry Experience

    • Tax migration and exchange control adviser
    • Tax Advsiory


Hugo van Zyl


  • Travel, good food and wine
  • Reading


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Breytenbach Cross Border Advisory
Stellenbosch, South Africa 7600
Exchange Control & Master Tax Practitioner (SA)
Advisory Firm -Tax, Exchange Control, Migration
2014 - Present
Hugo assists individuals or companies, directly in association with several small and medium sized local and internationally linked audit, law firms, wealth managers and migration lawyers servicing their international client base.
These services include:
• Cross-border Exchange Control application for individuals emigrating as well as for small- and medium-sized businesses entering the international market;
• Double tax treaty compliance
• Advice on the legal and compliant use of South African and internationally owned intellectual property, such as trademarks, software licenses and franchise agreements.
• Assistance to small and medium-sized audit firms with tax advice and to resolve tax disputes, including VAT.

His client based includes many fellow South Africans dispersed around the world as well as new immigrants to South Africa, be it as investor visa or retiree visa immigrant or as seconded executive. Both those who left with nearly no cash as well as high net worth individuals leaving their home country or returning to their roots, or merely departing on secondment to fill appointments as business executives, academics or diplomats.

Using modern technology such as Skype, and other VOIP devices, he can assist his clients around the world from his offices in the Wine lands, as though they were together in the same boardroom. From his office, Hugo professionally attends to his international clients on a daily basis, wherever they may reside or trade
Pretoria, South Africa 0181
Chartered Accountants
2000 - Present
Cross-border Tax Planning and Exchange Control Specialist, also acting as an in-house consultant to Cashkows Group, Hermanus.

External Tax specialist and advisory work for small and medium-sized audit and law firms.

Assisting with tax disputes, tax objections and appeals, tax mitigation in small and large cross-border merger and acquisitions.

Assisting individuals with their cross-border and tax treaty planning and compliance.

Obtaining central bank or SA Reserve Bank / Exchange Control approval in respect of foreign direct investments, retirement funds and other emigration funds

Tax opinions, income tax, value-added tax, capital gains tax, estate duty (death duties).


B.Acc, Accounting. Auditong 1984
University of Pretoria
Pretoria , Gauteng, South Africa
MST, Indirect Taxes 1993
University of Pretoria
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
M.Com (Tax) is the South African Equivalent
Lectured cross border tax in the UK and USA for Expat South Africans
Guest lecturer TUKS or CPE Pretoria for Advance Trust Law Post Graduate Certification - students all lawyers and accountants

Professional Certifications

Master Tax Practitioner
PR-8C200C1 SARS Tax Practitioner

Associations and Societies

  • SAICA (Served on Tax Advisory Committee )
  • The SAIT - SA Institute of tax practitioners (Master Tax Practitioner Member 10863551 )

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