Technical Policy and Oversight Committee - who we are and what we do

The work of the Technical Policy and Oversight Committee, and its techincal committees, is driven by our public benefit objectives.

These include: 

  • A simpler, more workable tax system with more certainty as a result of our formal and informal discussions with fiscal authorities.
  • The interests of both the represented and unrepresented taxpayer to be considered.
  • Lower administrative burdens for both individuals and businesses.
  • UK taxpayer interests represented at both UK and EU level.

The role of the Technical Policy and Oversight Committee is:

  • To undertake technical work in furtherance of the Institute’s charitable objectives, such as making representations to governments and other bodies, responding to consultations, scrutinising legislation and contributing to reports undertaken by the Institute on relevant matters, such as the administration of taxation.
  • To draw on the experience of the Institute’s members in such technical work
  • To engage and encourage members to contribute to such work 
  • To co-operate with other bodies, and provide representation to government working parties and similar where appropriate

Most of the technical work undertaken is delegated to the relevant technical committees, although some projects are carried out at Technical Policy and Oversight Committee level where they cut across a number of taxes or have a sufficiently broad impact. The Institute also has a number of other working groups which report either to particular technical committees, or directly up to the Technical Policy and Oversight Committee.  

Making a contribution

The CIOT includes input from members in its responses to consultations issued by HMRC, HM Treasury and the European Commission. There is an opportunity for any member to participate in open consultations - practical experience is particularly helpful when we are preparing technical responses. Most of the preparation of responses is done by email.

If you are interested in contributing further, how about applying to join a CIOT Technical committee

Technical submissions

The Institute has developed close links with HMRC and other parts of the UK Government and the EU. As a result, these departments regularly consult the CIOT on proposed changes to the tax system, and its responses are valued for their high professional standard. The Institute also reviews the annual Finance Bill in considerable depth and submits comments, which attract Government replies. The publication of these exchanges adds to understanding of the legislation. This influence is extended to Europe by way of the Institute's representation of the UK on the Confédération Fiscale Européenne.

To read our public representations and responses see our Public Submissions area.

To find out who is involved in the CIOT Technical Policy and Oversight Committee and its technical committees look at our Who's Who.