Videos and audio

28 Apr 2021

This section of the website allows you to access recordings of debates on tax matters hosted by CIOT. Often these are organised jointly with the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

We hold these debates in support of our objective of promoting debate on tax policy and administration, bringing together policy-makers (politicians and civil servants), administrators, tax professionals, economists, journalists, commentators and others with an interest in tax policy.

These debates are usually free to attend and open to all, and details of forthcoming debates can be found here.

If you would like to be added to the email invite list to be informed about forthcoming events please email including your name, firm or other organisation, job title (if applicable) and the email address you would like invites sent to.

Currently available debates are:


CIOT and IFS Debate: Should the government introduce an online sales tax? 10 May 2022
Speakers: Stuart Adam (Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies), Nick Lakin (Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Kingfisher plc), Alasdair McGowan, (Head of Public Affairs/Government Relations at eBay UK) and Gabby Donald (KPMG LLP, and the chair of CIOT’s Indirect Taxes Committee). (debate held both 'in person' and 'virtually')(read the report here)

Is it time for a windfall tax? Tuesday 1 March 2022
Speakers: Stuart Adam (Senior Research Economist, Institute for Fiscal Studies), Chris Sanger (Global Government and Tax Risk Leader, EY, and policy adviser on the 1997 windfall tax on the privatised utilities), Heather Self (Partner, Blick Rothenberg (and Group Tax Director at Scottish Power 2002-6) and Michael Jacobs (Professor of Political Economy, University of Sheffield, and former Special Adviser on energy, environment and climate policy at the Treasury and 10 Downing St (2004-10)). (debate held entirely online). (read the report here)


Podcast: main tax themes to emerge from this month’s Scottish Budget. 15 December 2021
CIOT Head of External Relations George Crozier sits down with Joanne Walker, CIOT’s Technical Officer covering Scottish taxes and Chris Young, External Relations Manager for Scotland

What is the role of tax in getting to net zero? 21 October 2021
Speakers: Alex Bowen (Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics), Peter Levell (IFS), Femke Groothuis (Ex’tax Project), Chris Morgan (KPMG International) (debate held entirely online) (read report here)

Conservative Conference debate: Is Britain ready for a wealth tax?
Speakers: Stuart Adam (IFS), Emma Chamberlain OBE (Pump Court Tax Chambers and CIOT) and Felicity Buchan MP (sits on the House of Commons Treasury Committee). (read the report here)

CIOT and IFS Labour Party Conference debate: A Wealth Tax to help pay for Covid? 28 September 2021
Speakers: Dame Angela Eagle MP, House of Commons Treasury Committee, Arun Advani (Wealth Tax Commission), Helen Miller (IFS) and Chair was John Cullinane (Director of Public Policy, Chartered Institute of Taxation). (read the report here)

How should platforms and gig economy workers be taxed? 23 June 2021
Speakers: Stuart Adam (IFS), Neil Ross (techUK), Bill Dodwell (OTS), Meredith McCammond (LITRG) (debate held entirely online) (read report here)

CTA Address, held on Thursday 6 May 2021
Leading environmental economist Sir Dieter Helm on environmental taxation and the role that tax and other carbon pricing mechanisms can play. (read the report here)

How high should the corporate tax rate be? held Thursday 22 April 2021
Speakers: Helen Miller (IFS), Morag Loader (Infrastructure Project Finance Tax Specialist), Brian Chapman (ex-BAE Systems), David Murray (Anglo American) (debate held entirely online) (read report here)

UK and Ireland: doing business post-Brexit, held Tuesday 9 March 2021
Speakers: Sally Jones (EY, London), John O’Loughlin (PwC, Dublin), Daniel Taylor (HMRC), Rose Tierney (Tierney Tax Consultancy) (debate held entirely online) (read report here)
(held jointly with the Association of Taxation Technicians and the Irish Tax Institute)

Launch of Treasury Committee Report: Tax after Coronavirus, held Monday 1 March 2021
Speakers: Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, Angela Eagle MP, Peter Rayney, Janine Juggins, Gemma Tetlow, Victoria Todd (event held entirely online) (read report here)


NB. The hyperlinks to videos can be found at the top of the blogs (with audio recordings at the bottom of the older blogs)

VAT and Customs Duties after Brexit, held on Tuesday 8 December 2020
Speakers: Daniel Lyons, Mojgan Ahmad (HMRC), Barbara Scott (Customs Practitioners Group), Chris Giles (FT)  (debate held entirely online)

Tax after the Pandemic (Conservative Party online conference debate), held on Monday 5 October 2020 
Speakers: Rt Hon Jesse Norman, Deborah Mattinson, Helen Miller, Peter Rayney (debate held entirely online) 

Tax after the Pandemic (Labour Party online conference debate), held on Tuesday 22 September 2020
Speakers: Anneliese Dodds, Glyn Fullelove, Helen Miller, Deborah Mattinson (debate held entirely online) 

Where next for Capital Gains Tax?, held Thursday 17 September 2020
Speakers: Stuart Adam, Katherine Bullock, Stephen Herring, Robert Palmer (debate held entirely online)

Launch of Treasury Committee Inquiry: Tax after Coronavirus, held Friday 17 July 2020
Speakers: Rt Hon Mel Stride MP, Angela Eagle MP, Glyn Fullelove, Gemma Tetlow, Sam Mitha, Heather Self

CTA Address, held Thursday 2 July 2020 
Professor Stephen Mayson gave the 2020 Virtual Chartered Tax Advisers’ Address on the subject of regulation (address given online) 

'Tax in the 2010s: Successes and Failures', held on Wednesday 24 June 2020
Speakers: David Gauke, Chris Leslie, Jane McCormick, Stuart Adam (debate held entirely online)

Earlier years

Debate on Digital Services Tax, held on Monday 18 November 2019

Debate on Taxing Commercial Property, held on Tuesday 18 June 2019

Debate on the powers of HMRC and the responsibility of citizens in today's world, held on Monday 25 February 2019

Tax devolution – a help or hindrance to the UK’s cities, regions and nations? Held on  22 October 2018 (only audio available)

Debate on Taxing Families, 30 years after the introduction of independent taxation, held on 26 June 2018 (only audio available)

Business Tax Reliefs: corporate welfare or essential elements of the tax system? Held on 5 March 2018 (only audio available) 

Irish and UK inheritance tax regimes contrasted, held on 16 October 2017 (only audio available)

John Whiting: Tax Simplification Lecture plus panel discussion, held on 12 June 2017 (only audio available)

Debate: How should different ways of working be taxed? Held on 20 March 2017 (only audio available)