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A record-breaking year for ADIT

The CIOT is delighted to announce the latest successful ADIT (Advanced Diploma in International Taxation) graduates and prizewinners, following the December 2019 examinations. Recognising ADIT’s growing profile across the international tax profession, 2019 saw both a record number of new students registering onto the qualification and a record number of exam sittings.

The ADIT qualification is held now by 1,171 tax practitioners in 84 countries and territories. A total of 185 students have successfully completed the qualification in the last 12 months, of whom 45 completed as a result of the December 2019 exams – including the first ADIT graduate in Armenia.

A total of 640 students sat ADIT exams in December 2019, with exams taking place in 53 cities around the world; new ADIT exam locations included Gaborone, in Botswana, and Reykjavik, in Iceland. Of the 640 students who sat exams, 359 passed at least one exam.

CIOT President Glyn Fullelove said:

“I congratulate ADIT students who passed their exams in December.

“The exams set a demanding benchmark for international tax practitioners to meet. ADIT provides a mark of high quality for professionals and is recognised as such by their employers. More international tax professionals are realising that ADIT equips them with a means to develop their careers with every passing year.

“The continued success of our ADIT students around the world, most of whom combine their ADIT studies with full-time jobs, reflects their hard work and commitment to excellence. We are pleased that 2019 saw both a record number of new ADIT students registering for the qualification and a record number of exam sittings.

“We have introduced recently a number of important new benefits to our International Tax Affiliate package, which is available only to individuals who have completed the ADIT qualification. We look forward to welcoming many of our newest cohort of ADIT holders to the Affiliate ranks.”

The following candidates will receive awards for their achievements in the December 2019 exams:

Flora Barnes of Bath, UK, who is employed by Future plc, and Kathryn Miles of Birmingham, UK, who is employed by HMRC, are jointly awarded the Heather Self Medal.
James Carpenter of London, UK, who is employed by Deloitte, is awarded the Raymond Kelly Medal.
Jonathan Hinchcliffe of Nottingham, UK, who is employed by HMRC, is awarded the Croner-i Prize.
Christis Christoforou of Athens, Greece, who is employed by Naftomar, is awarded the Wood Mackenzie Prize.
Adrian Cloer of Falkensee, Germany, who sat Module 3.01: EU Direct Tax option, is awarded the Worshipful Company of Tax Advisers Medal.

Glyn Fullelove said:

“We celebrate especially the achievements of those students who gained a distinction grade for their exams, and to the winners of our awards for the best performance in the various exam papers. We look forward to welcoming our award winners, Affiliates and new ADIT graduates to the next ADIT awards ceremony, which will take place on 17 March, and to supporting them in their continued growth within the international tax field.”

Notes for editors

1. There are two windows to sit ADIT exams every year, in June and December. The first CIOT ADIT exams were in 2004. More information about ADIT can be found here. The key benefits of gaining the ADIT qualification are that it is a global benchmark of quality and an independent means of demonstrating international tax knowledge and ability. Its portability is also attractive to students and employers and it is a demonstration of a student’s expertise in multiple countries and international tax subjects. The CIOT administers and awards ADIT students. Those who complete the ADIT are entitled to put the designatory letters 'ADIT' after their name and gain the opportunity to become an International Tax Affiliate of the CIOT.

2. The CIOT recently announced a suite of new benefits for International Tax Affiliates, including exclusive use of the ADIT postnominals, the ability to demonstrate one’s commitment to best practice in international tax via a new Code of Conduct, a range of new networking opportunities including regular ADIT conferences, and access to specific online resources and discounts. For further information, visit www.adit.org/affiliate

3.  The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT)

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 CIOT’s 19,000 members have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’ and the designatory letters ‘CTA’, to represent the leading tax qualification.

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