From Ireland to India: record numbers pass international tax exams in 2014

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is pleased to announce that, following the introduction of a second exam session to meet growing demand, a record 803 candidates from 56 countries and territories sat ADIT (Advanced Diploma in International Taxation) exams in 2014.

ADIT is a specialist qualification in international and cross-border taxation with approximately 2,300 candidates, holders and affiliates living and working in more than 100 countries. 483 candidates passed at least one ADIT exam in 2014 of which 84 (including four distinctions) obtained the qualification in its entirety and are now entitled to add the post-nominal letters ‘ADIT’ proudly after their name.
CIOT President, Anne Fairpo, commented:

“I would like to congratulate all candidates who have successfully passed one or more ADIT exams.

“This is a demanding qualification and candidates should be very proud of the technical knowledge and analytical skills they have demonstrated in passing their exams. We hope that those who have achieved the qualification will, if they are not already Chartered Tax Advisers (CTAs), choose to continue their relationship with the CIOT by becoming International Tax Affiliates.

“The ADIT qualification continues to equip our students with the necessary skills and knowledge to make a dynamic contribution to the increasingly challenging international tax environment. We recognise that in order to keep our students at the cutting-edge of industry, we too must be cutting-edge in our thinking and innovation. We were therefore delighted to see a large number of students choosing to sit the December exams and making use of Institute-pioneered on-screen examinations. This development along with the introduction of a second examination session assures students and stakeholders alike of the relevance, value and popularity of the ADIT qualification.”

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, India, Ireland and Cyprus. Additionally there is a non-jurisdictional ADIT option paper on transfer pricing, the first of its kind in the world. There will be two new papers in June 2015: Upstream Oil and Gas, and EU VAT.
In total, 254 candidates sat ADIT exams in December 2014. Altogether, 179 (63%) of 282 exams were passed. 331 students have now completed ADIT since the first exams were held in 2004.

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.