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.
The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) and Association of Taxation Technicians (ATT) would be concerned at any move to reduce the £85,000 VAT threshold without additional help for businesses to smooth their transition to becoming VAT registered.
The Scottish Government has confirmed that it will introduce legislation clarifying that a tax exemption for businesses transferring ownership of property within a group of companies using shares as financial security has been available since the introduction of Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) in 2015.
The CIOT has argued in written evidence to the Treasury Sub-Committee’s Tax Avoidance and Tax Evasion Inquiry that HMRC should direct more resources to tackling illegal tax evasion activity given its persistence in Tax Gap figures, rather than simply pile on legislative changes.
Tax professionals have stressed the need for greater support from HMRC to help businesses get their VAT right and close the VAT gap.
The Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) has highlighted that some people on zero hours contracts will not see the full benefit of any premium added to the National Minimum Wage.