Press release: CIOT recognises outstanding contributions to tax

Anthony Thomas, Paul Johnson and Professor Michael Devereux have been honoured for their outstanding contributions to the field of taxation by the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).

Anthony Thomas was awarded the Council Award, the highest ranking award that the Institute can give. Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), and Professor Michael Devereux, Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, were awarded Honorary Fellowships.

Anthony is just the fifth recipient of the Council Award to date.

CIOT President John Preston presented the awards at the annual CIOT President’s Luncheon in London yesterday.

John Preston said:

“It is a privilege to be able to recognise Anthony, Paul and Michael for their exceptional contributions to the world of taxation over many years.

“The Council Award given to Anthony Thomas recognises his outstanding contribution to the life of the Institute and the wider tax profession. A Council member for 15 years he has shown extraordinary dedication to CIOT and ATT, including terms as president of each. More recently he has been a champion for those on low incomes, fighting to make the tax and benefits systems work better for them, and to raise funds for the work of the tax charities.

“Michael Devereux has made a huge contribution to the tax policy-making debate in the UK and internationally. As the first director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation he, alongside Judith Freedman, has really put the centre on the map and gained it a reputation for excellence in both research and conferences. His personal contribution to, in particular, high profile debate on where companies do and should pay tax on profit, has been notable.

“Our Honorary Fellowship is awarded to Paul Johnson for his tremendous contribution to tax and the wider economic debate. Nobody who takes an interest in government fiscal policy can doubt Paul’s huge contribution, alongside his IFS colleagues, to enlightening the public and holding politicians to account without fear or favour on this important area of public policy. We at the CIOT are proud to work with Paul and the IFS in a range of areas, from our Better Budgets report (also involving the Institute for Government) to our regular joint debates.”

Notes for editors

Anthony Thomas CTA (Fellow), FCCA, ATT (Fellow).  Founder of Thomas & Company, Coventry, West Midlands.  CIOT Council Member from 2003 to 2017.  Chairman of the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) from 2012 to 2017. CIOT President (2011-2012). Past CIOT Honorary Treasurer.  Past Chairman of Professional Standards Committee.  Past Member of the Audit Committee.  Past President of the Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT).  Past Chairman of ATT/CIOT Birmingham and West Midlands Branch. Master of the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers (2015 to 2016). Chair of the Steering Group for the Bridge the Gap Campaign (fundraising for Tax Aid and Tax Help for Older People).

Professor Michael Devereux is Director of the Oxford University Centre for Business Taxation, Professor of Business Taxation at Saïd Business School, and a Professorial Fellow at Oriel College. Mike’s work primarily concerns the impact of taxes on business behaviour, including investment, employment, location and financial behaviour, as well as the design of appropriate tax policies for business. A particular interest is the international side of corporation tax, including where companies do and should pay tax on profit, how differences in taxes affect real economic decisions such as where companies locate different economic activities, and how this affects the process of competition between countries.

Among many other roles Michael was President of the International Institute for Public Finance 2012-15 and remains Honorary President of that body. He is Research Director of the European Tax Policy Forum, and a member of the Board of Academic Advisers of the International Tax Policy Forum. He was a member of the European Commission High Level Expert Group on Taxation of the Digital Economy and remains a member of the UK Government’s Business Forum on Tax and Competitiveness. He acted as Specialist Adviser to the Economic Affairs Committee of the House of Lords on their enquiry into corporation tax in 2013.

Paul Johnson has been Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies since January 2011. He is also currently visiting professor in the department of economics at University College London. Paul has worked and published extensively on the economics of public policy, with a particular focus on income distribution public finances, pensions, tax, social security, education and climate change. As well as previous period of work at the IFS his career has included spells at the Treasury, the Department for Education and the FSA. Between 2004 and 2007 he was deputy head of the Government Economic Service. Paul is currently also a member of the committee on climate change, of the Banking Standards Board and the executive committee of the Royal Economic Society. He was editor of the ‘Mirrlees Review’. He is a co-author of Better Budgets, the CIOT/IFS/Institute for Government report on improving the tax policymaking process, published in January 2017.

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