The CIOT and our Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) won no fewer than four awards at last night's Taxation awards.
Anthony Thomas, who was of course Institute President until earlier this month, won the Tax Personality of the Year award. Anthony took over today as Chairman of LITRG.
Anthony's predecesor as LITRG Chairman, John Andrews, took the prestigious Lifetime Achievement award. As a tax practitioner John's clients ranged from entertainers like Frankie Howerd and Barry Humphries to corporate giants like IBM and British Leyland. In his 'retirement' he set up LITRG and built it into a real force for good on behalf of the ordinary taxpayer. He has won numerous awards, from an OBE to a tax transparency award, and this latest accolade is as well deserved as the rest.
Kelly Sizer, from LITRG's Technical Team, won the Rising Star award. As well as her work for LITRG, which has included the Group's acclaimed guides to the tax reconciliation process, Kelly has spent time on secondment to the Office of Tax Simplification over the last year, working on their recommendations on how the Government can simplify tax for pensioners.
LITRG also picked up the Technological Innovation award for the Revenue Benefits website, which was launched in July 2011 in partnership with rightsnet. The site is designed to provide advisers with access to the latest information on the range of HMRC 'products', including tax credits, child benefit and guardian’s allowance and the national minimum wage.
Congratulations to all the winners. A full list is available on the Taxation website.
CIOT External Relations Manager
Friday 25 May 2012