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ADIT-ional reasons to be an Affiliate

People who pass ADIT (the Advanced Diploma in International Taxation) will enjoy new benefits if they join the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) as International Tax Affiliates.

The global ADIT community continues to grow since the first exams took place in 2004, with more than 1,100 international tax professionals holding the ADIT qualification. ADIT holders come from a range of professional backgrounds, and work for organisations throughout the tax profession including law firms, multinational corporations, accountancy firms small and large, fiscal authorities and universities.

The Affiliate package will include new features such as preferential access to CIOT’s annual ADIT Conference and other regional CPD and networking opportunities, use of selected IBFD digital library services, ADIT-relevant online job portals, and a global code of conduct enabling Affiliates to demonstrate their commitment to ethical and best practice standards.

Regional events and opportunities will be co-ordinated by ADIT Champions, drawn from the existing community of ADIT holders and appointed in selected countries. They will  help provide locally-relevant services for the benefit of Affiliates and improve awareness of the Affiliate status among employers, clients and other tax professionals.

CIOT President Glyn Fullelove said:

“I am greatly excited to announce these additional features and services to Affiliates.

“We expect the new features to be introduced between now and January 2020 and to make a compelling case for subscribing as an Affiliate upon completion of one’s ADIT studies.

“Alongside an improved range of material benefits, less tangible features such as the new code of conduct will also provide value to Affiliates – in particular those who do not work for a large employer and are not able to draw on the resources or international reputation of a large, global organisation.

“The new features will help to promote CPD take-up and commitment to best practice among international tax professionals and their organisations, in line with the CIOT’s objective of leading the improvement of standards in the tax profession.”

With the annual international tax certification that comes with joining the CIOT as an Affiliate, ADIT holders are demonstrating their commitment to upholding the highest professional standards, highlighting their technical expertise and dedication to their career.

Notes for editors

1. Because the Affiliate package will include commitment to these standards, use of the ‘ADIT’ letters after one’s name by those who registered as ADIT students from 1 January 2020 will be restricted to those who subscribe as Affiliates upon achievement of the qualification. However, existing students and holders who registered prior to 1 January 2020 will continue to be able to use the ADIT post-nominals.

2. For more information about the new Affiliate features, 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 18,400 members have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’ and the designatory letters ‘CTA’, to represent the leading tax qualification.

Media should contact: Hamant Verma on 0207 340 2702 / 07740 477374 and HVerma@ciot.org.uk

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