CIOT: The taxable launch tax advice week

The Taxables will launch Tax Advice Week on Monday 15 October. Britain’s first (cartoon) family of tax will be having a day out in Westminster. First, they will have their photographs taken by the Houses of Parliament and then be visiting HM Treasury to meet a VIP.

Tax Advice Week is organised by The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). The aim of the week is to run a series of events that help people understand tax better.

Rob Ellerby, CIOT President, says: “The events that the CIOT run range from a debate with politicians on policy issues to teaching tax in schools. The tax lesson is taught using football so that young people become more engaged with a subject that is difficult for adults, let alone those still at school.”

The week is being launched in London. There will also be events up and down the country.

Rob Ellerby adds: “The CIOT believes it is very important that people have a basic understanding of tax. Of course, they cannot be expected to understand every bit of tax law but once they have an idea how tax works, they are able to take more control of their finances. It is also helpful to understand when they need advice. We always make it clear that people should get qualified professional advice. Even the low-paid taxpayer, the unrepresented, can get professional advice as TaxAid and Tax Help for Older People have professional tax advisers as volunteers who give their expertise for free.”

Tax Advice Week is sponsored by Interactive Data and Pure Recruitment.

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For press information contact Simon Goldie on 020 7245 4122 (direct line), 07879 497316 (mobile). Email sgoldie@ciot.org.uk

Notes to Editors

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is a registered charity (number 1037771) and is the leading professional body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with taxation. The CIOT deals with all aspects of direct and indirect taxation. Its primary purpose is to promote education in and the study of the administration and practice of taxation. One of its key aims is to achieve a better, more efficient, tax system for all affected by it – taxpayers, advisers and the authorities. The CIOT’s comments and recommendations on tax issues are made solely in order to achieve its aims: it is entirely apolitical in its work. The 14,000 members of the CIOT have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’.

The Institute was established in 1930 and received its Royal Charter in 1994. It is a United Kingdom member of the Confédération Fiscale Européenne (CFE), the umbrella body for 150,000 tax advisers in Europe. As part of its charitable activities, the CIOT also sponsors the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group that works to improve and simplify the tax system so as to make it more responsive to the needs of those who cannot afford to pay for tax advice. The Institute offers the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation as a specialist qualification for international tax practitioners primarily working in corporate tax.