CIOT recognises veteran tax advisers

The Chartered Institute of Taxation will tonight recognise seven elder statesmen of the industry who have been CIOT members for 50 years, presenting them with certificates of merit at a prestigious ceremony at the Guildhall in the City of London.

The award will take place as part of the CIOT’s twice yearly admissions ceremony, which will also include the welcoming of 52 new Chartered Tax Advisers (CTAs).

The new members and 50 year veterans will be presented with their certificates by CIOT President Andrew Hubbard. Andrew will also present awards to star students, including the Institute Medal for best overall performance, which will be awarded to James McCredie of MacFarlanes LLP.

Andrew Hubbard said:

“I am delighted to be able to honour the contribution made by these veteran tax professionals.

“They have seen huge changes in taxation since they joined the Institute. Back in 1959 there was no capital gains tax, corporation tax or VAT. Total tax receipts were less than £10 billion compared to more than £500 billion today.

“The Institute itself was a lot smaller too, with only 3,000 members compared with almost 15,000 today. The Institute’s third branch opened that year, in Birmingham. Now we have 35 branches, from the west country to Scotland, and even in Australia and the far East. And of course we now have our Royal Charter, which we received in 1994.

“It is a great pleasure, too, to recognise the achievements of our new members, and to welcome them, their friends and families to the Guildhall to celebrate their hard work and success. They may even pick up a few insights from our veterans.”

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1) The seven veteran members of the CIOT who will receive certificates of merit from CIOT President Andrew Hubbard at the Guildhall are –

Sahib Azhar of London

Ronald Cronin of Banstead, Surrey

Colin Dyson of Ashburton, Devon

Paul Greeley of Purley, Surrey

Peter Grosvenor of Somerton, Somerset

Neville Joseph of Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Ralph Ray of Lichfield, Staffordshire

2) The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is a charity and the leading professional body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with taxation. The CIOT’s primary purpose is to promote education and study of the administration and practice of taxation. One of the 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 primary purpose: it is politically neutral in its work. The CIOT will seek to draw on its members’ experience in private practice, Government, commerce and industry and academia to argue and explain how public policy objectives (to the extent that these are clearly stated or can be discerned) can most effectively be achieved.

The CIOT’s 14,900 members have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’.