The Taxables have been named the Tax Personality of the Year
at the LexisNexis Butterworth Taxation Awards. The UK's first cartoon family of tax were commended for their work during Tax Advice Week in raising awareness about serious tax issues. David Taxable, the father of the family, along with a representative of The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) accepted the award on behalf of the whole family. 2007 was a busy year for the Taxables. Highlights of the year included being featured in Taxation magazine, Accountancy Age, Jack Taxable setting up his own group on Facebook, a cousin holding a seminar on tax in Second Life and the family meeting Dave Hartnett, now Acting Chairman of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in Westminster during Tax Advice Week.
Nick Goulding, CIOT President, says: "I was delighted that the Taxables won the award. Many people who find they have to deal unexpectedly with a tax problem do not necessarily know where to turn. The Taxables are an ordinary family: father, mother, daughter and son. They have all had tax issues and these have been used as an illustration to the public what they could do in such a situation. The answers have ranged from looking at the HMRC website, contacting the CIOT’s Low Incomes Tax Reform Group and taking professional qualified advice.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The statement at the awards ceremony said: “This award recognises someone who has made an outstanding contribution in the field of tax in the past year. It is also the award where the entry form states that the judges are most likely to override the general criteria to accurately reflect the most important tax issues of the year. In a year when tax has been top of the news agenda, they felt that it was right to recognise a family which has done a great deal to advertise the need for tax advice and education to the general public. A key part of the CIOT’s Tax Advice Week, this family’s problems and the solutions to them have helped many people to understand tax at a time when it is getting ever more complex. Above all, they have managed to do a serious job in a memorably visual and amusing way.”
The cartoon family was created by The Chartered Institute of Taxation in 2006.