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It was against the backdrop of accountants being derided in the media about their role in what some see as the unfairly lenient taxation of large companies that a panel of experts in social value took the brave decision this month to ask ‘Can accountants change the world?’  An audience at the Social Value Summit in London heard from two panellist who have tried to change accounting practices to be, in their eyes, more ethical, and another speaker gave the audience her view on the premise of the debate – even touching on quarterly reporting.

With public debate about corporation tax seemingly at an unprecendented scale, CIOT Tax Policy Director John Cullinane writes for the City AM newspaper to argue against radical changes to the corporation tax system because of the furore about HMRC's deal with Google.

CIOT Tax Policy Director John Cullinane was part of a panel of three quizzed by the House of Commons Treasury Committee today as it begins its consideration of whether radical changes are needed to corporate taxation.

Part of an occasional series in which CIOT tax experts explain the background to topical issues

On Monday MPs debated the Government’s proposals for ‘Making Tax Digital’, in particular concerns that this will increase the burden on small businesses and the self-employed by making them provide quarterly tax updates.

The joint CIOT/IFS fringe event on fairness and the tax system in Aberdeen was particularly significant for two reasons: it marked the first time the Institute has held a fringe at the Scottish National Party (SNP) Conference and got off to a flying start with a record-breaking attendance of over 180. Attendees at the event included politicians, party delegates, CIOT and ATT members, lobbyists, people from non-governmental organisations and the media.

It is a measure of the level of interest in tax that our fringe event at the Conservative Conference in Manchester enjoyed our highest attendance yet at a party conference event.

A packed audience enjoyed one of the first speeches by the new Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Seema Malhotra, at a CIOT/Institute of Fiscal Studies fringe event at the Labour Conference, in Brighton, on the topic ‘Is the tax system fair?’

Once again the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) are jointly organising debates during this year’s party conference season, this time on the question: ‘Is the tax system fair?’

The CIOT was delighted to host a roundtable discussion recently on tax simplification at the request of the newly re-elected chair of the Treasury Committee, Andrew Tyrie MP. The event was hosted by the CIOT’s president, Chris Jones, and attended by around 30 leading tax professionals from business and academia.