The CIOT is the leading professional body in the United Kingdom concerned solely with taxation. The CIOT is an educational charity, promoting education and study of the administration and practice of taxation. One of our key aims is to work for a better, more efficient, tax system for all affected by it – taxpayers, their advisers and the authorities. The CIOT’s work covers all aspects of taxation, including direct and indirect taxes and duties. Through our Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG), the CIOT has a particular focus on improving the tax system, including tax credits and benefits, for the unrepresented taxpayer.
The CIOT draws on our members’ experience in private practice, commerce and industry, government and academia to improve tax administration and propose and explain how tax policy objectives can most effectively be achieved. We also link to, and draw on, similar leading professional tax bodies in other countries. The CIOT’s comments and recommendations on tax issues are made in line with our charitable objectives: we are politically neutral in our work.
The LITRG is an initiative of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) to give a voice to the unrepresented. Since 1998 LITRG has been working to improve the policy and processes of the tax, tax credits and associated welfare systems for the benefit of those on low incomes.
The CIOT’s 17,600 members have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’ and the designatory letters ‘CTA’, to represent the leading tax qualification.
In the last year a number of new measures have come into force or been announced to tackle tax avoidance and evasion
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) is urging people who wish to claim childcare vouchers to act before 4 October 2018.
A Scottish Government proposal to give councils the power to increase business rates on out of town shopping centres and online retailers would be a bureaucratic burden, tax professionals have warned.
The Help to Save account provides a good incentive for those on the lowest incomes to build a savings pot, which we hope reduces their chance of falling into debt when unexpected expenses arise.
Following yesterday’s announcement by the government that it has abandoned its plans to abolish Class 2 national insurance contributions for the self-employed, campaigners have said the whole area of national insurance needs a comprehensive review.