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IFS residential conference 2016 ‘Corporate tax avoidance: where next for policy and practice?’

Every two years, IFS holds a residential conference, aiming to facilitate high-level knowledge exchange between practitioners, policymakers and academics on key areas of policy and practice. This year we will consider how anti-avoidance measures are designed, how governments’ and businesses’ perspectives on tax avoidance are changing, and what we can expect from international efforts going forward. The conference will take place at historic Magdalen College, Oxford.

Keynote speakers: Jane Ellison MP (Financial Secretary to the Treasury), Stephen Quest (Director General - Taxation and Customs Union, European Commission) and Edward Troup (Executive Chair and First Permanent Secretary at HM Revenue and Customs).

Angela Knight (Chair of the Office for Tax Simplification) will deliver an after-dinner speech on Friday 9 September. 

Other participants include:

  • Andrew Bonfield (100 Group)
  • Tracey Bowler (Research Director, Tax Law Review Committee)
  • Ian Brimicombe (Vice President Corporate Finance, AstraZeneca)
  • John Connors (Group Tax Director, Vodafone)
  • Bill Dodwell (President of the CIOT and Partner, Tax Policy Group at Deloitte)
  • Julie Elsey (Counter-Avoidance Directorate, HMRC)
  • Kevin Fletcher (Chief Economist and Director KAI, HMRC)
  • Malcolm Gammie QC (One Essex Court and Chairman, IFS Tax Law Review Committee)
  • Jennie Granger (Director General, Enforcement and Compliance, HMRC)
  • Jim Harra (Director General Business Tax, HMRC)
  • Surjinder Johal (Senior Fiscal Analyst, Office for Budget Responsibility)
  • Paul Johnson (Director, IFS)
  • Patrick Mears (Chair, GAAR Advisory Panel)
  • Helen Miller (Associate Director, IFS)
  • Paul Morton (Head of Group Tax, RELX Group)
  • Gareth Myles (Professor at Exeter University and Director of the ESRC/HMRC Tax Administration Research Centre, TARC)
  • Paul Oosterhuis (Senior International Tax Partner, Skadden, Washington D.C.)
  • Toby Quantrill (Principal Adviser Economic Justice, Christian Aid)
  • Conor Quigley QC (Serle Court)
  • Heather Self (Partner, Non-Lawyer, for Pinsent Masons LLP)
  • Jon Sherman (Director Corporation Tax, International and Stamps, HMRC)
  • Kate Thomson (Group Head of Tax, BP)
  • Stef van Weeghel (Global Tax Policy Leader, PwC)
  • John Whiting (Tax Director, Office of Tax Simplification)

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The conference programme will commence at 09:00 on Friday 9 September and will conclude with lunch at 13:00 on Saturday 10 September. A final programme will be confirmed in coming weeks.

Delegate fees: £595 +VAT (£560 + VAT for IFS members). Discounted places are available for academics and those from registered charities: £395+VAT (£360+VAT for IFS members)      

Included in your delegate fee: Ensuite accommodation at Magdalen College is provided on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 and delegates are invited to attend a drinks reception and formal conference dinner on Friday 9. For those who would prefer hotel accommodation, we have a limited number of rooms on hold within a short walk of the College: these are available at an additional charge so please contact the events team if you are interested in this option. 

Day delegate rates: Please contact us if are interested in attending as a day delegate and do not require accommodation.

If you have any issues with the booking form please email

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