New CIOT President invites ideas on improving the tax policy process

New CIOT President Bill Dodwell used his inaugural presidential speech to invite CIOT members and other tax professionals to contribute to a new initiative to improve tax policy development in the UK.

The initiative is a joint project of the CIOT, the Institute for Government and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. It will work towards a set of recommendations to be published in November around the Autumn Statement.

In his speech at the CIOT AGM, Bill Dodwell said:

“We’ve launched a project to look at how to improve tax policy development in the UK.  We are partnering with the Institute for Government and the Institute for Fiscal Studies.  The aim of the group is to bring together the IfG’s deep understanding of government, the IFS’s unparalleled experience analysing tax policy and the practical insight of CIOT members into how the tax system actually operates, to offer practical, positive suggestions for improvements in the policy making machinery of government.  You can read more about the project on the partners’ websites. Contributions are welcome!”

In a message posted on the CIOT website Bill Dodwell explains further why the CIOT is taking part in the initiative:

“The Chartered Institute of Taxation works for a clearer, simpler tax system for all those affected by it – taxpayers, their advisers and the tax authorities. Our experience is that good tax policy comes from an open, consultative process in which all those affected have a voice, and where there is effective scrutiny to ensure policy intentions are translated into statute accurately and without unintended consequences. Our members see in their daily professional lives what happens when bad tax policy is introduced. We are pleased to be working with IfG and IFS, in the public interest, to identify ways the process can work better.”

Tax professionals and anyone else with views on how tax policy development in the UK can be improved can read more here and contributions should be emailed to tax@instituteforgovernment.org.uk by 30 May.

Bill Dodwell also praised his predecessor as President, Chris Jones, saying:

“I should like to thank Chris Jones for the insight he has brought– and all the hard work he has put in – as our President over the last year.”

Notes for editors

1.       The new CIOT President

Bill Dodwell LL.B, LL.M CTA (Fellow) ACA is Head of Tax Policy at Deloitte. He is responsible for consultations with HM Treasury, HMRC, the OECD and the EU. He specialises in international corporate taxation. He was a member of the interim Advisory Panel on the GAAR. He represented Deloitte before the Public Accounts Committee and at the European Parliament’s TAXE committee.  Bill chaired the CIOT’s Technical Committee from 2010-16.

2.       The new CIOT Deputy President, replacing Bill Dodwell, is John Preston. John is a consultant, trustee and non-executive director. He retired from PwC in June 2014 where he was a member of the Global Tax Leadership team responsible for External Relations, Regulation and Policy. He is Chairman of the Institute's Examination Committee, a past chairman and ongoing member of Education Committee and past chairman of Membership and Branches Committee.

3.       The new CIOT Vice President, replacing John Preston, is Ray McCann. Until 2006, Ray was a senior HMRC Inspector, holding roles in the Special Compliance Office and Large Business Service and working on cross border tax avoidance issues with tax authorities in the US, Australia and Canada. In 2004, Ray was responsible for the introduction of the “DOTAS” (Disclosure of Tax Avoidance Schemes) rules. After HMRC, Ray joined PwC as part of the Banking & Capital Markets team. In late 2010 Ray joined McGrigors (now Pinsent Masons LLP) as a partner in the tax team. In June 2015 he joined New Quadrant Partners.  Ray is a former Chairman of the CIOT/ATT Professional Standards Committee.

4.       Also from today, Glyn Fullelove succeeds Bill Dodwell as Chair of the CIOT’s Technical Committee. Glyn is Group Tax Director at Informa plc and previously chaired the Institute’s International Taxes Sub-committee, one of 11 sub-committees which report to the Technical Committee.

5.       The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)

The 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 17,600 members have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’ and the designatory letters ‘CTA’, to represent the leading tax qualification.

Contact: George Crozier, CIOT Head of External Relations, 0207 340 0569 or gcrozier@tax.org.uk (Out of hours: 07740 477 374)