Another successful session for international tax qualification

321 candidates from 49 countries passed at least one ADIT exam in June 2014. A total of 60 students (including three with distinction) have completed ADIT in the last year, including the first students to achieve ADIT from Bulgaria, Qatar and Slovakia.

ADIT is a specialist qualification in international and cross-border taxation with approximately 2,100 candidates, holders and Affiliates living and working in more than 100 countries.
CIOT President, Anne Fairpo, commented:

“I would like to offer my congratulations to all successful candidates. ADIT is a rigorous and challenging qualification and candidates should be immensely proud of the technical expertise and analytical skills they have demonstrated in passing their exams. We hope to welcome them as International Tax Affiliates of the Chartered Institute of Taxation in due course.

“The international landscape of tax is ever in flux, requiring the best tax professionals to steer their businesses in line with the winds of change. The ADIT qualification equips our students with the skills and knowledge to be successful in what is a dynamic and challenging international environment. ADIT is going from strength to strength, and I am confident about its continued success going forward. The qualification’s status as a global benchmark is evident in the growing number of candidates pursuing the qualification and the increasing number of countries where they work. The increased range of choice available to ADIT students reflects this diversity, from the new Cyprus option paper to the availability of an on-screen exam option for all ADIT exam candidates.”

Notes for editors

The Advanced Diploma in International Taxation (ADIT) is a modular qualification with three examinations, of which Paper II or Paper III may be substituted by a thesis. Those who have completed all the elements to be awarded the Diploma may use the designatory letters “ADIT”. The Diploma is a free-standing qualification which does not give the right to membership of The Chartered Institute of Taxation. However, holders of the Diploma may apply to become an “International Tax Affiliate of The Chartered Institute of Taxation”. This ongoing link with the CIOT will entitle the individual to receive a number of benefits.

Our goal is to make ADIT a truly international qualification. As this vision is realised, international tax practitioners moving from one country to another will share an internationally recognised qualification that sets a global benchmark in international tax expertise. The ADIT standard is supervised by an Academic Board of distinguished and highly respected international tax professionals.

For further details please see the ADIT website:

The jurisdictions now covered by ADIT papers are the UK, USA, China, the EU, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malta, Ireland, India and Cyprus. Additionally there is a non-jurisdictional ADIT option paper on transfer pricing, the first of its kind in the world.

In total, 549 candidates sat ADIT exams in June 2014, up from 499 in 2013. Altogether, 377 (55%) of 683 exams were passed. For Paper IIJ – Cyprus option, 27 of 44 candidates who sat the exam passed; a success rate 61%. Five students completed the ADIT qualification in Cyprus. 305 students have now completed ADIT since the first exams were held in 2004.

4.       The Chartered Institute of Taxation

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is the leading professional body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with taxation. The CIOT is an educational charity, promoting education and study of the administration and practice of taxation. One of our key aims is to work for a better, more efficient, tax system for all affected by it – taxpayers, their advisers and the authorities. The CIOT’s work covers all aspects of taxation, including direct and indirect taxes and duties. Through our Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG), the CIOT has a particular focus on improving the tax system, including tax credits and benefits, for the unrepresented taxpayer.

The CIOT draws on our members’ experience in private practice, commerce and industry, government and academia to improve tax administration and propose and explain how tax policy objectives can most effectively be achieved. We also link to, and draw on, similar leading professional tax bodies in other countries.  The CIOT’s comments and recommendations on tax issues are made in line with our charitable objectives: we are politically neutral in our work.


The CIOT’s 17,000 members have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’ and the designatory letters ‘CTA’, to represent the leading tax qualification.