CIOT President announces themes: Professionalism and The Rule of Law in Taxation. The new President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, John Cullinane, announced his Presidential themes at this year’s Chartered Institute of Taxation’s Annual General meeting. In his speech he set out his vision of the return of the rule of law to taxation and the achievement of greater recognition for tax advisers as professionals.
John Cullinane set out his belief in a dedicated professional community which makes the tax system work.
John explained that he believed it was vital to “achieve greater awareness and recognition of the tax advisers’ community as a profession and as an important contributor to our society”.
The President went on to discuss his second theme: the return of the rule of law to the taxation system.
John Cullinane said: “Taxes are collected in accordance with rules, so that taxpayers on the one hand, and the Government on the other, should both enjoy a reasonable degree of certainty about their tax costs and receipts. If there are rules, individuals and businesses know that if they behave in certain ways, they will pay so much tax, and they can take that into account in making decisions. Equally, if there are rules, Governments can predict at a macro level how individuals and businesses will behave.”
John went on to argue: “There are some conditions for the rule of law in tax to be effective. They are that it is based on principle and that it should be capable of being understood and known in advance.”
Tribute was also paid to the outgoing President, Peter Kempster, whose term (along with John Beattie’s) covered the 75th Anniversary.
John Cullinane is a partner in Deloitte. He specialises in international and corporate tax, including the effect of the European Union on the tax system.
Robert Ellerby becomes Deputy President and Nick Goulding Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
The CTA Address took place on Tuesday 9 May.
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