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Number of ADIT graduates nears a thousand

The Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) is delighted to announce that nearly 1,000 tax professionals have completed its ADIT (Advanced Diploma in International Taxation) qualification since it was launched, after the latest round of exams in December 2018.

The ADIT qualification is now held by 985 tax practitioners in 76 countries and territories. A total of 206 students have completed ADIT in the last 12 months and can now add the post-nominals ‘ADIT’ after their name, including the first ADIT graduates in Chile, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

A record 944 students sat ADIT exams in 2018, compared to 884 students in 2017 and 750 in 2016. A total of 505 students sat ADIT exams in December 2018, with exams taking place in 50 cities around the world; new ADIT exam locations included Bangkok, Thailand and Maseru, Lesotho. Of these 505 students, 316 students passed at least one exam.

CIOT President Ray McCann said:

“I congratulate warmly the successful ADIT students on their achievements in December’s exams.

“The ADIT exams set by the CIOT continue to grow in popularity every year, with nearly a thousand students having now completed the qualification.

“ADIT exams are designed to be challenging because they address an ever-changing international tax landscape. They test students’ ability to apply their understanding of complex tax concepts across a variety of subject areas and scenarios. Successful students should take great pride in joining the growing community of ADIT holders, a number of whom have chosen to continue their relationship with the Institute and demonstrate their commitment to continuing professional development by becoming International Tax Affiliates of the CIOT.

“As the international tax world continues to change, we are committed to further development of ADIT, and 2019 will witness more milestones including the first sitting of our new Banking module in June 2019, and the introduction of a second yearly sitting for our popular Cyprus option in December.

“The increasing success of ADIT means that the CIOT is building upon its position as the leading professional body for tax professionals in the UK and seen increasingly as the premier professional organisation for international tax specialists worldwide."
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 the opportunity to become an International Tax Affiliate of the CIOT.

2. 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 18,500 members have the practising title of ‘Chartered Tax Adviser’ and the designatory letters ‘CTA’, to represent the leading tax qualification.
Contact: Hamant Verma, External Relations Officer, 0207 340 2702 HVerma@ciot.org.uk


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