Tax advisers strive to get closer to government

Britain’s tax advisers are lobbying to get more influence in shaping the country’s tax system, as they prepare to urge the public of the need for professional tax advice.

The Chartered Institute of Taxation is backing the creation of an All Party Parliamentary Taxation Group. CIT president John Cullinane said tax policies under this government had been 'cooked up in secrecy', and that it wanted to 'encourage a more measured approach and more consultation with interested parties'.

The all-party group will aim to foster better communication with MPs, peers and HM Revenue and Customs. Its creation follows the tabling of an Early Day Motion in March, which called for a 'Taxpayers' Charter' to 'set down the rights and obligations of the taxpayer and the tax administration'.

This October, the CIT will run its first Tax Advice Week, which it says will help members of the public grapple with the increasing complexity of the tax system. It also wants to demystify the profession to would-be recruits. 

The CIT's membership is composed predominantly of small tax advisory and accountancy firms.

Cullinane, a partner with Deloitte, assumed the CIT's presidency at the institute's annual general meeting this week from Peter Kempster. Cullinane specialises in international and corporate tax.

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